Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) against Aedes Species Mosquitoes: A roadmap and good practice framework for designing, implementing and evaluating pilot field trials

Oliva Clelia F., Benedict Mark Q., Collins C. Matilda, Baldet Thierry, Bellini Romeo, Bossin Hervé, Bouyer Jérémy, Corbel Vincent, Facchinelli Luca, Fouque Florence, Geier Martin, Michaelakis Antonios, Roiz David, Simard Frédéric, Tur Carlos, Gouagna Louis-Clément. 2021. Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) against Aedes Species Mosquitoes: A roadmap and good practice framework for designing, implementing and evaluating pilot field trials. Insects, 12 (3):191, 26 p.

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Abstract : Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti are invasive mosquito species that impose a substantial risk to human health. To control the abundance and spread of these arboviral pathogen vectors, the sterile insect technique (SIT) is emerging as a powerful complement to most commonly-used approaches, in part, because this technique is ecologically benign, specific, and non-persistent in the environment if releases are stopped. Because SIT and other similar vector control strategies are becoming of increasing interest to many countries, we offer here a pragmatic and accessible 'roadmap' for the pre-pilot and pilot phases to guide any interested party. This will support stakeholders, non-specialist scientists, implementers, and decision-makers. Applying these concepts will ensure, given adequate resources, a sound basis for local field trialing and for developing experience with the technique in readiness for potential operational deployment. This synthesis is based on the available literature, in addition to the experience and current knowledge of the expert contributing authors in this field. We describe a typical path to successful pilot testing, with the four concurrent development streams of Laboratory, Field, Stakeholder Relations, and the Business and Compliance Case. We provide a graphic framework with criteria that must be met in order to proceed.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Lâcher d'insectes stériles, Lutte biologique, Vecteur de maladie, Aedes albopictus, Aedes aegypti, Expérimentation au champ, Contrôle de maladies

Mots-clés libres : Technique de l'insecte stérile, Contrôle des vecteurs, Sterile Insect Technique

Classification Agris : L72 - Pests of animals
S50 - Human health

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 4 (2019-) - Santé des plantes, des animaux et des écosystèmes

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Programme de financement européen : H2020

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : A global alliance for Zika virus control and prevention

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Oliva Clelia F., CTIFL (FRA)
  • Benedict Mark Q., Mosquito Hunters (USA)
  • Collins C. Matilda, Imperial College London (GBR)
  • Baldet Thierry, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-2979-9517
  • Bellini Romeo, CAA (ITA)
  • Bossin Hervé, Institut Louis Malardé (PYF)
  • Bouyer Jérémy, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (AUT) ORCID: 0000-0002-1913-416X
  • Corbel Vincent, IRD (FRA)
  • Facchinelli Luca, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (GBR)
  • Fouque Florence, Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (CHE)
  • Geier Martin, Biogents AG (DEU)
  • Michaelakis Antonios, Benaki Phytopathological Institute (GRC)
  • Roiz David, IRD (FRA)
  • Simard Frédéric, IRD (FRA)
  • Tur Carlos, Grupo Tragsa (ESP)
  • Gouagna Louis-Clément, IRD (FRA) - auteur correspondant

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