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Research Project: Biting Arthropod Surveillance and Control

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research

Title: Developing Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) as a tool Mosquito Control Districts can use for integrated Aedes aegypti control

Author
item Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken
item Aldridge, Robert
item Britch, Seth
item Kline, Daniel - Dan
item Hahn, Daniel - University Of Florida
item Boardman, Leigh - University Of Florida
item Xue, Rui-de - Anastasia Mosquito Control District
item Dixon, Daniel - Anastasia Mosquito Control District
item Gale, Wayne - Lee County Mosquito District
item Hoel, David - Lee County Mosquito District
item Morreale, Rachel - Lee County Mosquito District

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/7/2017
Publication Date: 11/14/2017
Citation: Linthicum, K., Aldridge, R.L., Britch, S.C., Kline, D.L., Hahn, D.A., Boardman, L., Xue, R., Dixon, D., Gale, W., Hoel, D., Morreale, R. 2017. Developing Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) as a tool Mosquito Control Districts can use for integrated Aedes aegypti control. Meeting Abstract. pg. 1.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: New tools are clearly needed for integrated mosquito management of Ae. aegypti. We describe the sterile insect technique (SIT) that we are developing as a method to control Ae. aegypti by partnering with two prominent Florida mosquito control districts (MCD) and the FAO/IAEA Insect Pest Control Subprogramme. Working with local strains from Anastasia MCD (St. Augustine) and Lee County MCD (Fort Myers), we developed dose-response relationships for irradiation that produces sterile male mosquitoes and then measured mating performance. Then, we will perform mark-release-recapture experiments in potential field sites to assess wild population densities, dispersal performance of sterile males, and estimated the number of sterile mosquitoes needed for field releases to suppress wild populations. Successful completion of these project goals will provide the foundation for mosquito control districts to use Ae. aegypti SIT as part of their integrated mosquito management programs for these dangerous and elusive vector mosquitoes.