The Contribution of Aedes Aegypti Research to the Advancement of Biological Science

George B. Craig Jr.Department of Biology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

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The Symposium to this point has been concerned primarily with one kind of Aedes aegypti: the field populations that occur in the Western Hemisphere. However, A. aegypti is distributed through most of the tropical and subtropical world and is an important vector of disease in Africa and Southeast Asia. There is no possibility of eradicating this species from Africa and very little from Asia. In addition, Aedes aegypti occurs in laboratory colonies and in this latter respect it serves as an organism beneficial to man.

With the establishment of the eradication program in the United States, a few individuals have suggested that laboratory colonies should also be eradicated. Obviously, this would mean the end of all research using this species. American entomologists and mosquito workers have expressed strong opposition to this idea. In December of 1963, the Section on Medical and Veterinary Entomology of the Entomological Society of America proposed the following resolution: