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Why Flight Testing is an Important Step in Sterile Insect Technique

E. Ricciuti,  Entomology Today,  2021.
Releasing hordes of sterilized male insects for unfruitful mating with females—a process known as the sterile insect technique (SIT)—is a proven process for combating many species of pests. Its success depends on sterile males dispersing widely enough to outcompete their wild ...
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Evaluating Flight Performance of Mass-Reared and Irradiated Navel Orangeworm (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) for Sterile Insect Technique

J. Reger, J. A. Wenger, G. Brar, C. Burks and H. Wilson,  Journal of Economic Entomology,  2021.
Navel orangeworm (Pyralidae: Amyelois transitella) is a key pest of almonds and pistachios in California. Moths directly infest nuts which leads to reduced crop yield and quality, and infestation can predispose nuts to fungal pathogens that produce aflatoxins. While several ...
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