Sterile Insect Technique / Sterile Insect Release
RS 2400V Irradiator
• Height 76″ (194 cm)
• Depth 33″ (84 cm)
• Weight 1,500 lbs (681 kg) or 2,800 lbs (1,271 kgs)
- Ergonomic Front Load Design
- Mounted on Wheels
- Easy to Clean Chamber Design
A team of scientists in South Australia are providing a powerful new line of defence against one of horticulture’s most damaging pests. Read more
Sterile Insect Technique Irradiation
What is Sterile Insect Technique? Sterile Insect Technique or SIT is a technique used to control or eliminate an insect population? This is achieved through reproductive mate attrition. Generally, the male insect is exposed to radiation and thereby rendered sexually sterile. By mass rearing male insects, sterilizing them, and then releasing them into the desired area the treated males will seek out and mate with the native female insects and their offspring is non-viable. If this process is repeated enough times the insect population can be controlled and or even eliminated.
Are Irradiated Insects Radioactive?
No, insects that have been sterilized using radiation are not radioactive.
A team of scientists in South Australia are providing a powerful new line of defence against one of horticulture's most damaging pests. The National Sterile Insect Facility in Port Augusta, is set to produce 50 million sterile male Queensland fruit flies a week by 2019.Courtney Fowler had an exclusive tour through the facility, with SIT program director Dan Ryan and Biosecurity SA's Will Zacharin.
Posted by South Australian Country Hour on Thursday, July 27, 2017