Sterile Insect Technique

pp 209-232

Mass-Rearing for Sterile Insect Release

  • A. G. ParkerAffiliated withFAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratory

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As the sterile insect technique (SIT) relies upon released sterile male insects efficiently competing with wild males to mate with wild females, it follows that mass-rearing of insects is one of the principal steps in the process. Mass-rearing for the SIT presents both problems and opportunities due to the increased scale involved compared with rearing insects for most other purposes. This chapter discusses facility design, environmental concerns, strain management, quality control, automation, diet, sex separation, marking, and storage in relation to rearing for the SIT.