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Mating Competitiveness of Laboratory-Cultured and Sterilized Pink Bollworm for Use in a Sterile Moth Release Program

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Competitiveness of laboratory-cultured and sterilized moths of Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) was studied using rubidium as an internal marker. The studies were conducted in field cages where cultured and sterilized males, females, and a combination of both were released at different ratios with native pink bollworm. Cultured and sterilized males were less competitive than the native males. Cultured and sterilized females were equal to or more competitive than native females, and the combination of both males and females was equally as competitive as native males and females. Cultured and sterilized females may be the most important component in the sterile release program for pink bollworm population suppression.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1979

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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