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At the Mexico-Guatemala border, the sterile insect technique halts the northward march of medflies since 1982

At the Mexico-Guatemala border, the sterile insect technique halts the northward march of medflies since 1982. Imagine an area of nearly 200 000 km2 that needs to be monitored on a daily basis – monitored for the presence of a destructive insect smaller than a fingernail. More than four decades ago the governments of Mexico, Guatemala and the United States, and later also Belize, agreed to work together to eradicate and contain the spread of the Mediterranean fruit fly through an effective area-wide integrated pest management technology involving the sterile insect technique. Read More »

Strengthening Africa’s Regional Capacity for Diagnosis of Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases

Strengthening Africa’s Regional Capacity for Diagnosis of Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases. A key issue in dealing with highly contagious infectious zoonotic diseases is the personal safety of medical and veterinary staff during processes where they may be exposed to dangerous pathogens. To facilitate dissemination of safety knowledge in this area, the Joint FAO/IAEA Division has generated two videos: the first is a general introduction to the topic itself; the second a step-by-step instruction guide to the correct use of personal protective equipment during field sampling. Read More & Watch Videos »

International Database on Commodity Tolerance (IDCT)

International Database on Commodity Tolerance (IDCT). A source of information that gathers and interprets the literature about commodity quality after phytosanitary irradiation treatment. It should aid stakeholders in Member States to identify the doses of radiation that are tolerated by different commodities including fresh fruits, vegetables and cut flowers in planning for commercial use of the technology. The information may also help users of the technology determine optimum methods of applying irradiation and scientists to identify gaps and inconsistencies in current knowledge. Read More »


Resources

  • 24 – 28 April 2017

    FAO/IAEA Regional Workshop on Establishment and Harmonization of Fruit Fly Trapping Surveillance Networks and Quality Control (under Regional Latin America Project RLA5070), Santiago de Chile.
    Technical Officer: W. Enkerlin

  • 24 – 28 April 2017

    Second RCM on Mosquito Handling, Transport, Release and Male Trapping Methods, Valencia, Spain.
    Technical Officer: R. Argiles

  • Mutant Varieties Database (MVD)

    The FAO/IAEA Mutant Variety Database or MVD provides information on induced mutations suitable for breeding programme and genetic analysis. View database →

  • The International Database on Insect Disinfestation and Sterilization (IDIDAS)

    Joint service of the IAEA and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). An interactive resource providing information on a species basis for both disinfestation and sterilization of arthropods, with dosage levels and conditions, efficacy and references. View database →