Insect Control by Genetic Manipulation of Natural Populations

Science  19 Feb 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3972, pp. 682-684
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3972.682


The possible use of chromosome rearrangements is considered as a means for introducing genes into insect populations for their own control. The release of laboratory-constructed strains differing from the field population for a number of chromosome interchanges should create an unstable situation leading to the rapid replacement of the field population. This replacement should allow introduction of genes for insecticide susceptibility, cold sensitivity, or the like. The process would produce sterile hybrids while the genetic displacement occurs which itself will contribute to a reduction in pest numbers.