Development of Quality Control Procedures for Mass Produced and Released Bactrocera philippinensis (Diptera: Tephritidae) for Sterile Insect Technique Programs
AbstractQuality control procedures for Bactrocera philippinensis Drew & Hancock 1994 (Diptera: Tephritidae) used in sterile insect technique (SIT) programs were established in the mass rearing facility at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute. Basic studies on pupal irradiation, holding/packaging systems, shipping procedures, longevity, sterility studies, and pupal eye color determination in relation to physiological development at different temperature regimes were investigated. These studies will provide baseline data for the development of quality control protocols for an expansion of B. philippinensis field programs with an SIT component in the future.
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