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Sterile Insect Technique, Insect Pest Control

Insect Pest Control

We assist FAO and IAEA Member States in the implementation of environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods to control major insect pests of crops and veterinary and human importance through strategic and applied research, technology transfer, capacity building, policy advice, information management, and technology transfer to field projects in Member States.

Our efforts focus on an area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) approach, with a sterile insect technique (SIT) component where feasible and required, to enhance food security, introduce sustainable agricultural systems, reduce losses and pesticide use, preserve biological diversity, and facilitate international trade in food and agricultural commodities by promoting the development and application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards. SIT does not involve transgenic (genetic engineering) processes.

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Tiny pest, big problem: South Africa's citrus challenge Tiny pest, big problem: South Africa's citrus challenge. The false coddling moth has been plaguing South Africa's citrus crops, putting this lucrative industry in danger. Now farmers are working with top scientists to sterilize these pests and keep this industry growing. View Video »(Source: CNN)
Transboundary shipment of sterile insects Transboundary shipment of sterile insects. Transboundary shipment of sterile insects has taken place on a continuous basis for 55 years. The total number of sterile insects shipped has been estimated at over 1 trillion in thousands of shipments across borders to 23 recipient countries from 50 sterile insect factories in 25 countries. During this long period and many precedents, no problems associated with possible hazards have been identified, and thus the shipment of sterile insects have never been subjected to any regulatory action. Transboundary shipments started in 1963 with the shipments of sterile Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens, Loew), from Monterrey, Mexico, to Texas, USA. Read More »
For more information on packing, shipping, holding and release of sterile insects see: Guideline-for-Packing.pdf.
Dashboard for Managers of Sterile Insect Technique Production Facilities Dashboard for Managers of Sterile Insect Technique Production Facilities. The Dashboard is composed of an Excel spreadsheet and a graphic display. It has been designed primarily for managers and staff as a working tool to monitor insect mass-rearing operations at production facilities. This mass-rearing metrics allows managers to follow their daily production performance in a Dashboard format. Monitoring operation activities helps to quickly identify production problems, take corrective actions, and measure their impact on improving processes and planning. Read More »
Update of the technical leaflet released in six languages on the discrimination between two invasive Bactrocera fruit fly pests Update of the technical leaflet released in six languages on the discrimination between two invasive Bactrocera fruit fly pests. Bactrocera zonata (peach fruit fly) sometimes overlaps in terms of distribution with Bactrocera dorsalis (Oriental fruit fly). A technical leaflet to help to discriminate among these two invasive pest species, was updated and produced in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. The leaflet will be useful for countries and regions where these species are present or at risk of incursion helping to implement the recommended emergency response and is now available to regulatory agencies, surveillance and identification staff, growers of horticultural products and other stakeholders. It was prepared by Marc De Meyer (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium) and Ian White (formerly research associate Natural History Museum, UK).
IAEA Conducts Successful Test of Drones in Fight Against Disease-Transmitting Mosquitos IAEA Conducts Successful Test of Drones in Fight Against Disease-Transmitting Mosquitos. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its partners have successfully tested releasing sterile mosquitos from drones as part of efforts to use a nuclear technique to supress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. Read More »
Moscamed Brasil Receives IAEA Collaborating Centre Designation Moscamed Brasil Receives IAEA Collaborating Centre Designation. Moscamed Brasil has been designated as a Collaborating Centre of the IAEA for the period 2018-2022 in relation to its programmes to combat the disease-carrying Aedes mosquito. Read More »
IAEA Helps Member States in Europe Develop Insect Pest Control Protocols IAEA Helps Member States in Europe Develop Insect Pest Control Protocols. As part of a three-year (2016-2019) regional technical cooperation project, the IAEA, in close cooperation with FAO, is working with its European Member States to promote the transfer and application of the environmentally-friendly sterile insect technique (SIT) against invasive mosquito species. Read More »
Status Report Released on the New World Screw Worm in Latin America Executive Report: Current Situation of the New World Screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel), on the Countries Participating in the Regional Project RLA5067 of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Report of the review and planning meeting under the framework of the Technical Cooperation Project RLA5067 and the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Applications in Agriculture Vienna, Austria 12-16 December 2016 (Report available only in Spanish). Read More »
IAEA Director General Visits Thailand: Highlights Potential of Sterile Insect Technique to Fight Disease-vector Mosquitoes IAEA Director General Visits Thailand: Highlights Potential of Sterile Insect Technique to Fight Disease-vector Mosquitoes. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano visited Bangkok, Thailand this week, where in his meetings with senior officials he discussed a range of development areas where nuclear applications play a vital role. Read More »
IAEA Director General Visits Philippines: Discusses Support for Nuclear Techniques in Food Security, Health and Nuclear Power IAEA Director General Visits Philippines: Discusses Support for Nuclear Techniques in Food Security, Health and Nuclear Power. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met with senior officials during his visit to the Philippines last week, and in discussions with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, he was briefed about the country’s consideration of a possible future nuclear power infrastructure. Read More »
Argentina Uses Nuclear Technology to Control Insect Pests Argentina Uses Nuclear Technology to Control Insect Pests. After its success in controlling a devastating fruit fly with nuclear technology, Argentina is gearing up to fight a new enemy: mosquitoes that transmit Zika, in addition to dengue and chikungunya. Read More »
IAEA Superior Achievement Award 2017 - Mediterranean Fruit Fly Eradication in the Dominican Republic IAEA Superior Achievement Award 2017 - Mediterranean Fruit Fly Eradication in the Dominican Republic. The team from the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, and the Latin America and the Caribbean Division, Department of Technical Cooperation, was presented with the prestigious IAEA Superior Achievement Award for its exceptional commitment, dedication, professional rigour and initiative. Read More »
Costa Rica Aims to Tackle Harmful Flies with the Help of Wasps and Nuclear Technology Costa Rica Aims to Tackle Harmful Flies with the Help of Wasps and Nuclear Technology. A group of Costa Rican experts has demonstrated that using a tiny wasp and nuclear technology can control the stable fly, a pest that is causing losses to pineapple producers and cattle breeders in Costa Rica and beyond. The pilot project was supported by the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Read More »
Nuclear Technique Helps Prevent Insects From Harming Your Coffee Beans Nuclear Technique Helps Prevent Insects From Harming Your Coffee Beans. Recent studies have shown that the Mediterranean fruit fly inflicts economic damage to coffee production by reducing weight of the coffee bean and affecting quality. The sterile insect technique integrated with other control methods is being used to control the pest protecting coffee production and industry. Watch Video En / Sp »
Nuclear Technique Helps Dominican Republic Eradicate Insect Pest That Hurt Agricultural Sector Nuclear Technique Helps Dominican Republic Eradicate Insect Pest That Hurt Agricultural Sector. The Dominican Republic today officially declared in a ceremony in the capital Santo Domingo that it has eradicated a major agricultural pest, the Mediterranean fruit fly, and that it is now free of the insect, two years after an outbreak led to considerable damage to its agricultural industry. The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other stakeholders, provided assistance to the Dominican Republic to suppress the agricultural pest using the Sterile Insect Technique. Read More »
Prevention Rather Than Crisis Reaction Protects US Horticulture Industry from Medflies Prevention Rather Than Crisis Reaction Protects US Horticulture Industry from Medflies. One piece of fruit in a traveller’s backpack portends disaster if the fruit also contains hitchhiking larvae of the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) – larvae that could escape inspection at port of entry and initiate an infestation. In the mid-1990s, California and Florida, the main USA horticulture-producing states, initiated area-wide preventive and continuous releases of sterile male medflies over high-risk areas – a pest control endeavour that has substantially reduced overall cost and prevented establishment of the pest. Read More »
Third FAO/IAEA International Conference on Area-wide Management of Insect Pests: Integrating the Sterile Insect and Related Nuclear and Other Techniques Third FAO/IAEA International Conference on Area-wide Management of Insect Pests: Integrating the Sterile Insect and Related Nuclear and Other Techniques. The Conference was held from 22 - 26 May 2017 at the Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria. The successful conference was attended by 360 delegates from 81 countries, six international organization, and nine exhibitors. See all presentations »
Stinging Wasps Replace Chemical Pesticides becoming Control Agents in Fighting Stable Flies Stinging Wasps Replace Chemical Pesticides becoming Control Agents in Fighting Stable Flies. Costa Rica’s position as the world’s largest producer of pineapple brings with it a parallel problem for the country’s livestock and dairy industry: the aggressive and blood-sucking stable fly, a fly that can wreak havoc on cattle and affect their productivity. In efforts to control the fly without resorting to chemical spraying, Costa Rica resorts to using a wasp, a natural enemy of the stable fly, as a biocontrol agent. Read More »
Fewer Flies, More Fruit in Jordan Valley Orchards Fewer Flies, More Fruit in Jordan Valley Orchards. In the Jordan Valley over 1.5 million sterilized flies are released twice a week in a selected area of 400 hectares of citrus and stone fruits, leading to medfly population suppression and effective protection of fruit production with no harm to the environment. Read More »
Area-wide Management of Insect Pests: Integrating the Sterile Insect and Related Nuclear and Other Techniques The Third FAO/IAEA International Conference on Area-wide Management of Insect Pests: Integrating the Sterile Insect and Related Nuclear and Other Techniques is taking place this week in Vienna, Austria, to discuss new developments, trends and challenges related to insect pest management. The conference is part of the efforts of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture to assist Member States address the rapidly evolving field of insect pest management. See video on area-wide insect pest management. View Video »
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 »
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 »

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