Location: Mosquito and Fly ResearchTitle: Developing Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) as a tool Mosquito Control Districts can use for integrated Aedes aegypti control
|Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken|
|Kline, Daniel - Dan|
|Hahn, Daniel - University Of Florida|
|Boardman, Leigh - University Of Florida|
|Xue, Rui-de - Anastasia Mosquito Control District|
|Dixon, Daniel - Anastasia Mosquito Control District|
|Gale, Wayne - Lee County Mosquito District|
|Hoel, David - Lee County Mosquito District|
|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.
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.