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Montevideo, September 19th 2018 - 01:33 UTC

Tag: sterile insect technique, SIT

  • Friday, December 15th 2017 - 07:01 UTC

    Argentina prepares to fight Zica with sterile mosquitoes by radiation

    The International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization have supported Argentina in applying SIT against fruit flies

    After its success in controlling a devastating fruit fly with nuclear technology, Argentina is gearing up to fight a new enemy: mosquitoes that transmit Zika, in addition to dengue and chikungunya. The method applied in both cases is the sterile insect technique, SIT, an insect birth control method that uses irradiation to sterilize and release insects to suppress pest populations.