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The FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operation of Insect Mass Rearing Facilities

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    The codling moth Cydia pomonella is amongst the most severe pests of pome fruit in the temperate regions of the world. Broad-spectrum insecticides have mainly been used to control this pest resulting in several negative environmental consequences. The demand for alternative control techniques is therefore increasing worldwide, and includes synthetic growth regulators, mating disruption, attract and kill, microbiological control agents, and the sterile insect technique (SIT). The in tegration of sterile insects with these control practices within the context of area-wide integrated pest management offers great potential. However, efficient and effective mass-rearing of the target insect is a fundamental component of the SIT but its complexity for Lepidopteran pests is very often underestimated. There has been an increasing interest to develop codling moth SIT for integration with other control tactics over the past years. This document compiles and summarize s available information on the rearing of the codling moth in relation to the SIT. Aspects such as colonization, adult and larval diet, sexing, quality control, shipment, disease control, data recording and management are described. It is not a text book but is developed so that individual sections can be consulted by the reader when necessary. The document therefore, does not provide guidelines per se, nor is it a compendium of standard operating procedures, as these will need t o be developed for each rearing facility based upon local needs and availability of materials and ingredients. The document is an attempt to bring together all existing information on the rearing of codling moth.
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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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    This manual is a product of recent studies on the effect of gamma radiation on testes and ovaries of the VIENNA Mediterranean fruit fly temperature sensitive lethal (TSL) genetic sexing strains, which are being used in most Mediterranean fruit fly mass-rearing facilities in the world. It includes standardised and updated procedures to determine the fertility or sterility of adults of these strains.

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