Improving SIT for Tsetse Flies through Research on their Symbionts and Pathogens


Developing a better understanding of the biology of microorganisms related to tsetse, and addressing constraints related to these organisms to allow enhancing the efficiency of the SIT for tsetse.


Harnessing the developments in tsetse, symbiont and pathogen genetics and genomics, this CRP focused on the development of strategies to manage the virus infection in tsetse colonies, an assessment of natural prevalence of Wolbachia, the development of improved population suppression methods using fungal pathogens, and the development of tsetse lines refractory to infection by trypanosomes.

The results of this CRP directly benefited the expansion of the SIT for tsetse through mass production of healthy colonies for production of sterile males, development of parasite resistant SIT lines that can be applied in disease endemic areas, and potential incorporation of natural incompatibilities for production of fitter sterile males.


Eighteen participating countries: Australia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, Ghana, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, South Africa, Slovakia, Tanzania, Uganda, and USA.