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Sterile Insect Technique

The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) was introduced as an environmentally friendly method of insect pest control. SIT labs around the world rear, sterilize, and release male pests of concern to agriculture in that region. In some instances, the program is intended to eradicate a pest completely. Sterilization is accomplished through irradiation. Verification of the sterilization of these insects is an important component of SIT as non-sterile pests could, when released, breed and establish new colonies.

More information on SIT can be obtained here.

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