Background: Volume 8 of the series Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms in the Environment contains the first OECD biosafety consensus document to deal with the biology of an insect, the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Published by the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB) as a resource to help support environmental risk assessment, this is also the first OECD consensus document to focus on an organism for which biotechnological applications are not aimed at an increase in production or the quality of the product, but are driven by health considerations, specifically to reduce the health burden associated with the diseases like yellow fever, dengue, Zika and Chikungunya that are vectored by mosquitoes. The biology document provides information on Ae. aegypti taxonomy, morphology, life cycle, reproductive biology, genetics, ecology, interactions with other species and the environment.
Preparation of the OECD Consensus Document of the Biology of Mosquito Aedes aegypti was co-led by Mexico, Brazil and the ILSI Research Foundation, with additional expertise provided by Australia, France, India, Kenya and the United States as well as inputs from private sector entities.
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