Genetic Control of Insect Pests

Genetic Control of Insect Pests

1st Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Author: G Davidson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323160803

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Genetic Control of Insect Pests focuses on laboratory and field trials of genetic control methods of insects, which entails the use of insects to control themselves. It particularly describes species-specific and non-polluting genetic methods that have the advantage over most other methods of being efficient when the target insect is in low density, as the released insects have the capacity to search out the wild populations. Composed of nine chapters, the core parts of the book cover the mass-rearing, sterilization, and release of populations in the hope that these will mate with wild populations, leading to fertility reduction and population elimination. The book also examines techniques that use naturally existing population incompatibilities and techniques, which can result in population replacement rather than eradication with the intention to render such replacement populations harmless beforehand by genetic manipulation. This book is a valuable source of information for those who are searching for biological alternatives of insect pests control.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1. Introduction

    2. The principles and dynamics involved in the sterile insect technique

    I Mass-rearing

    II Sterilization

    III Release

    IV Dynamics

    3. Sterilization by irradiation

    I Livestock pests

    II Agricultural pests

    III Public health pests

    IV Radiation resistance

    4. Chemosterilants

    I Public health pests

    II Agricultural pests

    5. Hybrid sterility

    I Anopheline mosquitoes

    II The Aedes mariae complex

    III Tsetse fly crosses

    IV Teleogryllus crosses

    V Reduviid bug crosses

    6. Cytoplasmic incompatibility

    I The Culex pipiens complex

    II The Aedes scutellaris complex

    7. Translocations

    I General considerations

    II Dynamics

    III The isolation of translocations

    IV Compound chromosomes

    8. Other methods of genetic control

    I Lethal factors

    II Meiotic drive and sex distortion

    III Species replacement

    9. Summary and conclusion


    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323160803

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