First results in the use of the sterile insect technique against Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Homoptera: Aleyroididae) in greenhouses

Maurizio Calvitti, Patrizio Claudio Remotti, Angelo Pasquali, Ugo Cirio

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Trials for the evaluation of the effectiveness of the sterile insect technique for the suppression of greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Westwood), both in cage and in greenhouse conditions are described. The results show a significant reduction of the reproductive capacity of the untreated whitefly populations interacting with sterile insects. Untreated whiteflies, co-existing in a mixed population together with sterile insects, attained less than the half (≈44%) of their potential reproductive capacity. This trend was also evident in the cage test where the untreated whitefly population, crossed with the sterile whiteflies, increased without exceeding % of the density recorded in the control cages. These results may be based on 2 joint sterile insect technique effects: primarily a drastic reduction of the progeny of normal untreated females, when mating with sterile males, carriers of dominant lethal mutations, and secondarily a progressive reduction of the females in the population due to an increasing rate of unsuccessful matings resulting in a condition of forced arrhenotoky. No deleterious effects, on plant health and fruit quality, were observed on plants exposed to high sterile whitefly pressures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813 - 817
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Insect Science

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