06/11/2023 at Palma de Mallorca, Spain
“A- IDENTIFICATION OF NON TARGET FAUNA IN TRAPPING; B- MOSQUITO REARING AND REPELLENT TESTING”
The 4th EMCA training course (TC) took place on 6/11/2023 at the laboratory of zoology (department of biology) of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). A total of 23 trainees from 11 different European countries attended the course. The TC was divided in two parts: during the first part in the morning, the trainees learnt how to recognize the groups of Diptera collected by commonly used adult traps during monitoring or surveillance programs. In this part, Drs. Mikel A. Gonzalez and Carlos Barceló used pictures and samples to show the key characteristics of each Diptera family, including not only dipterans of medical and veterinary importance (mosquitoes, sand flies, black flies, biting midges etc.), but also common families without importance in animal and/or human health (Psychodinae, Chloropidae, Cecidomyiidae, Mycetophilidae, Sciaridae, etc.).
The second part of the course was led by Drs. Sarah Delacour and Mara Moreno. The objective of this part was to learn how to build a colony of mosquitoes in laboratory conditions for different purposes, and to learn about biocidal products regulation and methodologies for the development of pest control products. In that context, volunteer trainees were selected to perform the internationally approved method called the Arm-in-Cage (AIC). It was explained to them the details of the method and it was put into practice with the testing of a repellent product for topical use, to determine its effectiveness against adult females of Aedes albopictus reared in a laboratory.