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African Genetic Biocontrol Consortium
The AGBC is committed to contributing and expanding research, development, and use of genetic biocontrol approaches to control and eliminate malaria and other vector-borne diseases in Africa.
Gene Drive Governance
Gene Drive Governance is a network of world-leading researchers from Europe, Africa, North America and Australasia who are committed to understanding gene drive governance.
Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research
The Outreach Network coordinates, shares information and engages with stakeholders to raise awareness of the value of gene drive research for the public good.
BioBee offers the most advanced environmentally friendly options for biological pest control including the Sterile Insect Technique
FruitFly Africa
FruitFly Africa (FFA) is an industry service company, owned and managed by the following stakeholders: HORTGRO (Pome & Stone), Canning Fruit Producers Association, Raisins SA, South African Table Grape Industry, Agricultural Research Council and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)
Transmission Zero
Transmission Zero is an international gene drive technology research and development program working to develop human malaria vector-altering technology to reduce malaria transmission.
UCI-Malaria Initiative
UCI-MI is a project developing gene drive technologies for Anopheles mosquitoes that will drive transgenes into wild populations of the insects to reduce their capacity to transmit malaria.
Target Malaria
Target Malaria is a project aiming to reduce the population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa using gene drive technologies and thereby reduce transmission of the disease
GBIRd is investigating the feasibility and suitability of gene drive technologies to be used to reduce invasive rodent populations to protect island ecosystems and prevent island species extinctions
BigSis has reinvented the sterile insect technique (SIT) by automating the individualised production of sterile male insects. This requires integrating biology, engineering and artificial intelligence capabilities to deliver a highly automated production process.
Joint FAO/IAEA Programme
FAO/IAEA-IPCS applies the Sterile Insect Technique where feasible to enhance food security and international trade and are pioneers in the development and use of SIT.
FAO IAEA SIT Directory
A database of SIT and other currently active autocidal programs maintained by the IAEA. An excellent resource for exploring the use of SIT worldwide.
World Mosquito Program
The WMP deploys Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti to modify wild populations by reducing their capacity to transmit dengue, zika and other positive strand RNA viruses.
Synbal uses our Active Genetics platform technology to provide super-Mendelian transgenic laboratory animal models expressing multiple human genes for research and development
X Sterile Insect Technique
X Sterile Insect Technique (Pty) Ltd provides effective, environmentally-friendly control of Thaumatotibia leucotreta or False Codling Moth (FCM) in citrus, table grapes, stone fruits and various other deciduous varieties,
MosquitoMate, Inc
MosquitoMate is a company providing Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) solutions for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus that are based on Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility.
Debug by verily
Debug is program within Verily Life Sciences that is developing robotics for mass-rearing and sex separation of mosquitoes that integrate with Sterile Insect Technique and Incompatible Insect Technique programs.
Wolbaki provides Incompatable Insect Technique solutions for the mosquito Aedes albopictus and the brown planthopper Nilaparvada lugens based on Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility.’s proprietary technology makes SIT affordable to everyone.’s professionals release sterile Asian tiger male mosquitoes weekly during the warm season.
Malera Technologies
Malaria Tech is a distributor and implementer of Senecio Robotics Ltd., and work closely with Senecio to bring their solutions to clients in Africa.
Oxitec is a for-profit company developing and deploying transgenic insect autocidal control technologies for a variety of insect species around the world.
Biocentis develops eco-friendly genetic solutions to effectively and safely control the dangerous insect species that spread disease to humans, reduce biodiversity, or threaten food security.
Precision-Guided Sterile Insect Technology™ (pgSIT)™ provides planet- and plate-friendly pest control to help enhance growth—of crops, yields, and profits.
SENECIO Robotics
Senecio has unique multi platform solutions, utilizing deep learning for the Sex Classification together with robotics and automation for the Sorting and Packaging of mosquitoes for SIT.