Minimum Sampling of Trap Catches in Sterile Insect Release Programs

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Trap sampling methods based upon the hypergeometric probability distribution are proposed for sterile insect release programs in which the sterile insects are marked. These protocols would save a significant portion of the labor required to score trapped adults in return for calculated error risks (95 or 99% CL). If all scored flies are marked (i.e., released), then 95, 77, and 63% of the flies in a trap must be scored for 95% CL that no more than one, two, or three native flies are actually present, respectively. Corresponding values are higher for 99% CL. If a less-stringent 100:1 (released: native) ratio is desired, then greater savings can be realized (e.g., 73% savings for trap size = 1,000 at 95% CL).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1986

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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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