Accession Number : ADA097464


Title :   The Use of Genetic Mechanisms and Behavioral Characteristics to Control Natural Populations of the German Cockroach.


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. no. 3, 1 Mar 80-28 Feb 81,


Corporate Author : VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST AND STATE UNIV BLACKSBURG DEPT OF ENTOMOLOGY


Personal Author(s) : Ross,Mary H ; Cochran,Donald G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a097464.pdf


Report Date : Mar 1981


Pagination or Media Count : 13


Abstract : A pilot field test of genetically-induced sterile male was concluded. The experimental design involved low-level releases of males carrying double translocations with the aim of eliminating or, at least inhibiting rapid re-growth of pockets of cockroaches left after routine insecticide treatment. The results were positive in that the males were easily introduced into natural groups, within which they competed well against wild-type males. However, it also became apparent that the effective use of these males would require a more thorough understanding of natural populations. The work conducted during the past year involved the initiation of some of these studies, along with preparation of data from the sterile-male experiment for publication.


Descriptors :   *BLATTIDAE , *INSECT CONTROL , POPULATION , MALES , BEHAVIOR , RESPONSE(BIOLOGY) , GENETICS , STERILIZATION


Subject Categories : Biology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE