Sterile male flies launched in fields mate with females that then lay far fewer eggs, drastically decreasing the injury the larvae of noticed wing drosophila do to fruit crops
15 April 2022
Releasing sterilised males of an invasive fruit fly may make a huge impact in curbing its inhabitants, which poses a extreme risk to international fruit industries.
In the primary trial of its variety, researchers launched male noticed wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) sterilised with X-rays into tunnel-shaped greenhouses on three business strawberry fields in Kent, UK. On two of the websites, management greenhouses didn’t have the sterilised flies let into them. All three websites had seen comparable ranges of D. suzukii infestation within the …