Mass-Rearing, Quality Control, and Male-Only Sterile Insect Technique Application with a Pupal Color Genetic Sexing Strain of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly
The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of mass rearing a genetic sexing strain and releasing only males for SIT control. The genetic sexing flies, strain T:Y (wp+) 30C (Busch-Petersen et al., 1988), were produced, sexed and sterilized at Seibersdorf. They were shipped to Israel weekly from the beginning of May until the end of December 1989. During this period the genetic sexing strain was in generations 17–26. It had always been kept under selection procedures to improve its quality, i.e. eggs were always collected from 9–11 day old adults. An evaluation of the strain during its first generations had been presented by Economopoulos (1990).
KeywordsMango Fruit Sugar Syrup Fruit Infestation Fluorescent Powder Adult Flight
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