Sterile insect technique (SIT) is the primary pest managment program for containment and eradication of Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) outbreaks. In SIT flies are mass reared, rendered reproductively sterile by gamma radiation and released within Q-fly infested areas. Sterile males mate with wild females preventing the production of viable offspring, instigating population crash. To date there has never been an in-depth study designed to calibrate irradiation procedures used for the current Q-fly SIT program. We examined Q-fly mass rearing quality control procedures (i.e. flight ability, longevity) and the effects of sterility, survivability and mating competitiveness. This data is an important part of calibrating, validating and improving current irradiation methods used for Q-fly SIT.
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||Radiation Technology for Australia - NSW, Australia|
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …
|Conference||Radiation Technology for Australia|
|Period||1/01/07 → …|
Collins, S., Weldon, C. W., Banos, C., & Taylor, P. (2007). Optimal irradiation procedures for sterilization of Queensland fruit flies. Abstract from Radiation Technology for Australia, NSW, Australia, .