The Entomology Department carries out efficacy testing of mosquito larvicides (biological and growth regulator compounds) and repellents both in laboratory, semi-field and field conditions.
Laboratory tests may be conducted during the winter months using the colonies of the species requested, maintained under standard controlled condition in the climatic chambers of the EMV laboratory.
The mosquitoes specie maintained at the moment is Aedes albopictus (strains originated from eggs collected in the field in the Northern Italy). In order to standardize the tests, the staff of entomologists follows precise guidelines drawn up by the World Health Organization.
The bioassays can be conducted in different environments depending on the requests of the customer:
CAA also conducts eco-toxicity tests to non-target species in field conditions.