Integration of the SIT with Biocontrol for Greenhouse Insect Pest Management

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Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

D43003

CRP

2116

Approved Date

12 December 2016

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

17 March 2017

Expected End Date

16 March 2022

Participating Countries

Argentina
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Egypt
France
Guatemala
India
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Italy
Mexico
New Zealand
Pakistan

Description

This CRP will develop and evaluate SIT for insect pests in greenhouses. The CRP will focus on three groups of species that are disruptive to current biocontrol practices, or are expected to become serious pest when invading new areas. The three groups are Drosophila suzukii, Heilcoverpa / Spodoptera spp. and Tuta absoluta / Neoleucinodes elegantalis. The background information required for SIT, such as mass-rearing and radiation biology, has been developed for these greenhouse pests to a variable extent. However, for all of these groups the application in confined areas still needs to be refined and evaluated.

Objectives

The overall objective is to advance development and implementation of SIT for integration with other biocontrol in greenhouses.

Specific objectives

To develop SIT and inherited sterility for Tuta absoluta and Neoleucinodes elegantalis

To adapt SIT and inherited sterility for Spodoptera/Helicoverpa species for confined cropping systems

To develop SIT for Drosophila suzukii

To develop SIT and inherited sterility for Tuta absoluta and Neoleucinodes elegantalis

To adapt SIT and inherited sterility for Spodoptera/Helicoverpa species for confined cropping systems

To develop SIT for Drosophila suzukii

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