Sterile Insect Technique

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.

Publisher: Springer

Joint FAO/IAEA Programme