Genetic Control of Insect Pests in Africa

Past, Present, and Future

The use of genetics-based approaches to control insect pests (genetic biocontrol) has a long history on the African continent.

For example, in Tanzania 1943  the first field experiment testing the feasibility of using genetics to control an insect pest was conducted.  It was designed to test hybrid-sterility as a means of locally controlling tsetse flies.

Between then and now there have been numerous instances of genetics-based insect control being developed, tested and applied to important pests threatening the economic and medical wellbeing of Africans.

Explore that history as well as contemporary and planned applications of genetic biocontrol to control a variety of medically and agriculturally significant insects in Africa.