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Rearing codling moth for the sterile insect technique









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    The FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operation of Insect Mass Rearing Facilities
    Procedures Manual
    2012
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    The sterile insect technique has in many countries become an important control tactic for integration in area-wide integrated pest management programmes against fruit flies of economic importance. An important prerequisite of these programmes is the availability of adequate numbers of sterile male flies that are produced in large mass-rearing facilities. This document combines an interactive spread sheet in Excel on a CD Rom and a procedures manual to assist in technical and economic decisio n making with the design, costing, construction, equipping and operating of such mass-rearing facilities. The model can be used by managers as a support tool for facility design, required investments and financial planning of facilities of different sizes using different scenarios. The software was designed using the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) as a model for planning insect mass-rearing facilities, but its default settings can be easily changed to suit any other fruit fly or other pest insect. The manual includes an appendix on site selection and biological/physical factors that need to be considered when constructing a facility and another appendix on criteria that are relevant for selecting the location and establishment of mass-rearing facilities.
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    International Guidelines for Transboundary Shipments of Irradiated Sterile Insects 2023
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    Transboundary shipments of irradiated sterile insects have taken place on a regular basis since the sterile insect technique (SIT) was first developed. Currently, this includes tephritid fruit fly pests, moths, new world screwworm, tsetse and mosquitoes. The SIT is under development for other species that may be included in future transboundary shipments. In 2022, the total number of sterile insects shipped was estimated at over 1 trillion in more than 20 000 shipments to 26 recipient countries from 14 sterile insect production facilities. During a period of almost 60 years, only very few problems associated with shipping live sterile insects across borders have been recorded. This includes one case in 2003 of non-irradiated New World screwworm that were shipped to a specific location for field release. There were no significant consequences because of the effective implementation of a contingency plan. The objective of these guidelines is to facilitate the formulation of more appropriate and harmonized regulatory frameworks for safe and timely transboundary shipments of irradiated sterile insects for SIT development and application.
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    Integrated pest management using the sterile insect technique 2016
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    The Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO/IAEA) Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture is a global leader in the development and implementation of the sterile insect technique (SIT) and related biologically-based pest management technologies. The SIT is a type of birth control for insects, involving the mass-rearing and sterilization of large numbers of the target pest insect and the releasing of sterile male insect over target areas. The SIT is environmentally friendly and therefore a more sustainable method to manage populations of major insect pests of crops, animals and humans.

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