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Impact of Moth Suppression/Eradication Programmes Using the Sterile Insect Technique or Inherited Sterility
In future the greatest potential for impact of lepidopteran SIT/IS programmes may be in combating key invasive threats such as the eradication of an outbreak of the painted apple moth in New Zealand. Expand
Inherited sterility in codling moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae): effect of substerilizing doses of radiation on insect fecundity, fertility, and control.
Male and female codling moths, Cydia pomonella, were treated with increasing doses of gamma radiation, and the moths were either inbred or outcrossed with fertile counterparts, shifting the F1 sex ratio shifted in favor of male progeny. Expand
Inherited sterility in Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)
Newly emerged male and female adult cactus moths, Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg), were treated with increasing doses of gamma radiation, and the moths were outcrossed to fertile counterparts, and a shift in the F1 sex ratio in favor of males was not observed. Expand
Effect of rearing strategy and gamma radiation on field competitiveness of mass-reared codling moths (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).
The best treatment for improving codling moth male field performance was a combination of rearing through diapause and using a low dose of radiation (150 Gy); the difference in performance when insects were treated with 150 or 250 Gy was greater when males had been reared using standard (nondiapause) rearing protocols, suggesting that diapsause rearing may attenuate some of the negative effects of the higher doses of radiation. Expand
Developing a Sterile Insect Release Program for Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae): Effective Overflooding Ratios and Release-Recapture Field Studies
Results suggest that an overflooding ratio as low as 5:1 can effectively suppress C. cactorum in field cages and that releasing both genders together is more effective than releasing males only. Expand
pH Effect on the attractiveness of a corn hydrolysate to the Mediterranean fruit fly and several Anastrepha species (Diptera: Tephritidae).
Field trials were conducted to determine the attractiveness of aqueous formulations of a protein bait, NuLure, as compared with a standard bait of pelletized torula yeast plus sodium borate for theExpand
Assessing the Quality of Mass-Reared Codling Moths (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) by Using Field Release-Recapture Tests
Following small-scale field releases of sterile, mass-reared codling moths, Cydia Pomonella (L.), in the spring of 1995, significantly higher numbers of adults originating from larvae that had beenExpand
Female Medfly Refractory Period: Effect of Male Reproductive Status
Although it is not known whether wild Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) females mate more than once with wild or sterile males under natural conditions, laboratory research andExpand
Improving the cost-effectiveness, trade and safety of biological control for agricultural insect pests using nuclear techniques
An FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project (CRP) addressed constraints related to costly production systems for biological control agents, and the presence of accompanying pest organisms during their shipment, and demonstrated the feasibility of integrating augmentative and sterile insect releases in area-wide IPM programmes. Expand