Use of Genetically Engineered Fruit Fly and Pink Bollworm in APHIS Plant Pest Control Programs: Final Environmental Impact Statement—October 2008


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with several States and foreign countries, is proposing further development of genetically engineered fruit fly species and pink bollworm for use in various applications of the sterile insect technique (SIT) applied to agency invasive plant pest control programs. There have been laboratory and confined field studies to test the efficacy of certain genetic engineering applications that could provide benefits to these programs, but these techniques have not been applied in agency eradication actions or preventive release program (PRP) strategies.


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