Eight year study on tsetse fly populations in West Africa aimed at optimising eradication programmes

The FAO and IAEA have been supporting an 8 year study on the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis in West Africa that aimed at developing methodologies to optimise eradication programmes. Using satellite imagery and population genetics, landscape resistance to gene flow was mapped to identify natural barriers that isolate tsetse populations.

Eight populations of G. p. gambiensis were identified in West Africa that could be potential targets for eradication campaigns. The results of the study were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1516778112)

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CIRAD - Optimising tsetse fly eradication using satellite imagery and genetics
Applying Population Genetics and GIS for Managing Livestock Insect Pests