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Sterile Insect Technique

Principles and Practice in Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management

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  • A standard reference on the subject for many years to come
  • The authors, from 19 countries, are highly experienced in the subject, and reflect the international character of SIT activities

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About this book

It is a challenge to bring together all relevant information about the sterile insect technique (SIT) and its application in area-wide integrated pest management (AW- IPM) programmes; this book is the first attempt to do this in a thematic way. Since SIT practitioners tend to operate in the context of only one insect pest species, it was also a challenge for authors to develop and write their chapters from generic and global points of view, stressing the principles of the technology, and including examples from a range of pest species. We appreciate the understanding shown by the authors in accepting our many suggestions to emphasize the principles of the technology and to minimize details of field programmes. We also thank them for their patience with the prolonged editing process of the book. We are especially grateful to the authors for writing the chapters without financial compensation. Authors who are retired, or worked on their own time, deserve special commendation. Each chapter was peer-reviewed, and we thank the reviewers for helping to make the book accurate, complete, up-to-date, and generic in content. The need for this book has been evident for many years, and now that it has finally been published, it is expected to serve the scientific community for many years to come. We are pleased to have been able to participate in its development.

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Table of contents (28 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Principles of the Sterile Insect Technique

  3. Technical Components of the Sterile Insect Technique

  4. Economic, Environmental, and Management Considerations


From the reviews:

"Integrated pest management (IPM) requires the use of all available tools to manage pests. Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) exhaustively reviews the principles and practices of SIT in area-wide IPM. ... this book thoroughly reviews the history, application, successes and failures of SIT, and its value as a component of area-wide IPM. ... the application of newer technologies to area-wide IPM makes this an outstanding international contribution to IPM. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers." (R. Frederiksen, CHOICE, Vol. 43 (10), June, 2006)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Joint FAO/IAEA Programme, Vienna, Austria

    V. A. Dyck, J. Hendrichs, A.S. Robinson

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sterile Insect Technique

  • Book Subtitle: Principles and Practice in Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management

  • Editors: V. A. Dyck, J. Hendrichs, A.S. Robinson

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2005

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-4050-4Published: 29 November 2005

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-007-9314-9Published: 16 September 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4020-4051-1Published: 23 February 2006

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 787

  • Topics: Entomology, Biological Techniques, Zoology

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