sterile male release

sterile male release (SRM)

a method of insect BIOLOGICAL CONTROL in which large numbers of sterile males of a pest species are produced and released into the pest population. Since many female insects only mate once, the idea of the technique is that females should mate with sterile rather than fertile males, thus decreasing dramatically the size of the next generation
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2012) indicating that a low radiation dose will not compromise the performance of sterile males in programs that have a sterile male release component.
Perhaps a more realistic use of male-killing bacteria in pest management would be in conjunction with sterile male release systems of control.
Bushland, who developed the sterile male release strategy.
The importance of understanding fruit fly mating behavior in sterile male release programs (Diptera, Tephritidae).