Insect pest control

With increasing public awareness of the negative effects of insecticides on public health, beneficial organisms and the environment, and the growing demand for sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives, we lead global efforts to develop and implement the sterile insect technique and related biologically-based techniques against major insect pests of agricultural, veterinary and human importance.

  • Sterile insect technique

    The sterile insect technique is an environmentally-friendly insect pest control method involving the mass-rearing and sterilization, using radiation, of a target pest, followed by the systematic area-wide release of the sterile males by air over defined areas, where they mate with wild females resulting in no offspring and a declining pest population. Read more →

  • Inherited sterility

    Moth pests can be rendered sterile through high doses of radiation. However, much lower and less debilitating doses induce inherited sterility in the moths' offspring. Released males with inherited sterility suppress wild populations to a greater extent than an equal number of fully sterile males. Read more →

  • Biological control

    Biological control involves the mass-production and release of natural enemies such as parasitoids and predators to control pest insects in an environmentally sound manner. Radiation is used to increase the applicability, cost-effectiveness and safety of rearing, shipping and deploying such natural enemies. Read more →