Sterile Insect Technology for Navel Orangeworm
He comments on that sterile insect technology strategy, on where the strategy will fit.
“It's going to have a fit around schools and where there's urban, rural interface, said Mohler Yes. “We need to research that that's not been the traditional approach, but it's definitely a tool and it's going to have its fit. It's not a standalone answer for every place across the board yet. I mean, it would be nice if it gets there, but there's some big time research going on and we'll see how that pans out at the end of the season.”
The idea is to sterilize both male and female navel orangeworm Moths and then released them over treenut acreage. If the moths were to mate with another navel Orangeworm moth it would not produce any eggs, thus dramatically lowering navel orangeworm population.
“I know where a couple of those studies are being done and we'll have results this year. It will not tell the whole story, but we'll definitely have results. It's a practice that needs to continue in a study that needs to continue. At this point. It's not going to carry the load, but the research needs to go on,” Mohler said.
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