Aaron S. David, Joe M. Kaser, Amy C. Morey, Alexander M. Roth and David A. Andow Release of genetically engineered insects: a framework to identify potential ecological effects Ecology and Evolution 3
Genetically engineered insects have the potential to radically change pest management worldwide, but there remains a need for a synthesized framework to identify their potential adverse ecological and evolutionary effects. We propose that potential effects associated with insect release may occur during two distinct phases of release - a transitory and a steady state phase. We apply our framework to the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, a malaria vector being engineered to suppress the wild mosquito population, to illustrate how our framework allows for more rigorous identification of the potential ecological and evolutionary effects of a GE insect release.
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