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Conceptual framework and rationale

Overview of attention for article published in Malaria Journal, November 2009
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Conceptual framework and rationale
Published in
Malaria Journal, November 2009
DOI 10.1186/1475-2875-8-s2-s1
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Alan S Robinson, Bart GJ Knols, Gabriella Voigt, Jorge Hendrichs


The sterile insect technique (SIT) has been shown to be an effective and sustainable genetic approach to control populations of selected major pest insects, when part of area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) programmes. The technique introduces genetic sterility in females of the target population in the field following their mating with released sterile males. This process results in population reduction or elimination via embryo lethality caused by dominant lethal mutations induced in sperm of the released males. In the past, several field trials have been carried out for mosquitoes with varying degrees of success. New technology and experience gained with other species of insect pests has encouraged a reassessment of the use of the sterility principle as part of integrated control of malaria vectors. Significant technical and logistic hurdles will need to be overcome to develop the technology and make it effective to suppress selected vector populations, and its application will probably be limited to specific ecological situations. Using sterile males to control mosquito vector populations can only be effective as part of an AW-IPM programme. The area-wide concept entails the targeting of the total mosquito population within a defined area. It requires, therefore, a thorough understanding of the target pest population biology especially as regards mating behaviour, population dynamics, dispersal and level of reproductive isolation. The key challenges for success are: 1) devising methods to monitor vector populations and measuring competitiveness of sterile males in the field, 2) designing mass rearing, sterilization and release strategies that maintain competitiveness of the sterile male mosquitoes, 3) developing methods to separate sexes in order to release only male mosquitoes and 4) adapting suppression measures and release rates to take into account the high reproductive rate of mosquitoes. Finally, success in area-wide implementation in the field can only be achieved if close attention is paid to political, socio-economic and environmental sensitivities and an efficient management organization is established taking into account the interests of all potential stakeholders of an AW-IPM programme.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Indonesia 2 2%
France 1 1%
Kenya 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
Madagascar 1 1%
Unknown 82 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 25 28%
Student > Master 17 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 16%
Student > Bachelor 10 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 6%
Other 11 12%
Unknown 8 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 41 46%
Environmental Science 10 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 4%
Social Sciences 4 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 3%
Other 16 18%
Unknown 12 13%

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