This book was published in November
2005 by Springer and edited by V.A. Dyck, J. Hendrichs and A.S. Robinson
of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme, Vienna, Austria.
A first of its kind, this book takes a generic, comprehensive, and global
approach in describing the principles and practice of the sterile insect
technique (SIT). This technique is an environment-friendly method of pest
control that integrates well into area-wide integrated pest management
(AW-IPM) programmes. The strengths and weaknesses, and successes and failures,
of the SIT are evaluated openly and fairly from a scientific perspective.
The SIT is applicable to some major pests of plant, animal and human health
importance, and criteria are provided to guide in the selection of pests
appropriate for the SIT.
A great variety of subjects are covered, from the history of the SIT to
improved prospects for its future application. The major chapters discuss
the principles, technical components, and application of sterile insects.
The four main strategic options in using the SIT — suppression,
containment, prevention, and eradication — with examples of each
option, are described in detail. Other chapters deal with supportive technologies,
economic, environmental, and management considerations, and the socio-economic
impact of AW-IPM programmes that integrate the SIT.
One chapter of the book (7.4 - Potential Impact of Tsetse Fly Control
Involving the Sterile Insect Technique) deals specifically with the SIT
and tsetse fly intervention. It illustrates the potential effectiveness
of the SIT as a component of AW-IPM programmes to create tsetse-free zones
in support of sustainable rural development. People interested in getting
reprints of this chapter can address their request to Udo
Feldmann or to Victor Arnold Dyck.
Joint FAO/IAEA Programme