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.

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How a Nuclear Technique is Saving Citrus Fruits in Morocco, One Fly at a Time How a Nuclear Technique is Saving Citrus Fruits in Morocco, One Fly at a Time. Citrus crop losses due to fruit flies along with insecticide use in Morocco are both expected to drop as the country begins to develop capacities in using the Sterile Insect Technique.
The Joint Division FAO and IAEA will provide technical support to the public and private sector of Morocco to eventually produce around 200 million sterile male Mediterranean fruit flies per week and release them over 100 000 hectares of agricultural production areas. Full Story »
World Malaria Day: How a Nuclear Technique Could Provide a Future Method for Mosquito Control World Malaria Day: How a Nuclear Technique Could Provide a Future Method for Mosquito Control. According to the World Health Organization, approximately half of the world's population is at risk of malaria and around half a million people die of the disease each year. Ninety percent of these deaths occur in Africa, where one child dies from malaria every minute. Dengue leads to an estimated 12 500 deaths annually, mainly among children, and the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades. Full Story » Multimedia »
IAEA and FAO providing support to Moroccan horticultural industry to manage Mediterranean Fruit Fly through the Sterile Insect Technique IAEA and FAO providing support to Moroccan horticultural industry to manage Mediterranean Fruit Fly through the Sterile Insect Technique. The Mediterranean fruit fly is among the most devastating of pests for agricultural crops. Insecticide applications are routinely used to control them but this is not sustainable in view of the development of insecticide resistance and negative impacts on humans and the environment, as well as on international trade. Full Story »
IAEA Impact: Senegal Nears First Victory in Eradicating Tsetse Flies IAEA Impact: Senegal Nears First Victory in Eradicating Tsetse Flies in Niayes region with the technical assistance of the Insect Pest Control Section from the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme in Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. Full Story »
Tsetse fly: can castration end one of Africa’s oldest development problems? Tsetse fly: can castration end one of Africa’s oldest development problems?
The Guardian 18 February 2015
- Radiation castration is helping to eradicate tsetse populations that have been preventing farmers from using animals to work their land. Full Story »
Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security - Expo Milano 2015.
The FAO/IAEA project "Eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis from the Niayes in Senegal" was among 18 selected for "Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security" by an International Selection Committee from among 749 proposals admitted to the final evaluation process for Expo Milano 2015. Full Story »
Okanagan - Kootenay Sterile Insect Release program up for international award. The FAO/IAEA Insect Pest Control Sub-programme (IPCS) has been collaborating with the Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release (OKSIR) programme for many years. Conversely, the OKSIR programme has hosted fellows and scientific visits, as part of an FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Projects on the codling moth. In view of its successful implementation for more than 20 years and the significant impact the OKSIR programme has had on the reduction of insecticide use in the Okanagan Valley, the IPCS fully endorses the nomination of the OKSIR programme for this prestigious International IPM Achievement Award. Full Story »
The Insect Pest Control Laboratory of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture is part of an EU-funded Innovative Training Network. Food security for human societies is a major challenge because it is continuously threatened by pest species. Producers use pesticides to control them, but regulations for the use of pesticides are getting stricter to ensure food safety and protect the environment. One option to replace the use of pesticides is by using biocontrol approaches including sterile insect technique (SIT). BINGO (Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl), which is an EU-funded Innovative Training Network, aims to advance current knowledge in biocontrol practice. The Insect Pest Control Laboratory of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture is part of this network by supporting research with a focus on testing whether symbiotic bacteria play an important role in the nutrition and fitness of the olive fruit fly and its parasitoid Psyttalia lounsburyi towards developing an area-wide Integrated Pest Management of the olive fruit fly. Full Story in Spanish»
FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project on Development and Evaluation of Improved Strains of Insect Pests for Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) Applications Special Issue in BMC Genetics of an FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project on Development and Evaluation of Improved Strains of Insect Pests for Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) Applications. This supplement contains the working papers which were produced in the frame of the FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project (CRP) entitled "Development and evaluation of improved strains of insect pests for sterile insect technique (SIT) applications". The CRP was initiated in 2009 and was completed in 2014. Full Story »

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