Carina R. Lalyer published an article titled “Ecological vulnerability analysis for suppression of Drosophila suzukii by gene drives” in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation. Drosophila suzukii has been increasingly emerging as an invasive species and agricultural pest in recent decades. It describes a framework for assessing potential ecological impacts and the consequent vulnerability of ecological systems that could result from the release of genetically modified organisms. Such impacts depend on the biology and ecology of the organism but also on the type of gene drive used. The work illustrates reasons for concern and uncertainties when dealing with such a technology. Specific potential effects of the Drosophila suzukii fruit fly were further investigated to assess the vulnerability of related species or parasites.
This work represents the first ecological vulnerability analysis for the application of a gene drive in a wild insect population.
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