This five-year project was completed in mid-2022
We investigated the effects of new tools for the eradication and surveillance of insect pests. We prioritized research on tools that are highly targeted with few to nil effects on other organisms. These tools included semiochemicals, the sterile insect technique, the use of biological control agents and trapping technologies. This project had strong international linkages.
We undertook the research using a mix of population modelling, field trials and validation to inform the models. We developed knowledge on the technical feasibility of the sterile insect technique to suppress population growth for brown marmorated stink bug, Queensland fruit fly and tortricid moths.
We now have a better understanding of how organisms interact with different tools such as traps. This provides us information on, for example, the probability that insect pests will be trapped in one or many traps over different periods of time, or conversely the probability that a number of insects will escape detection.
This research has greatly improved understanding of how different tools can suppress population growth as well as provide confidence that a species has been eradicated. The modelling approaches are widely transferable to large number of species.
The Zotero database is on the B3 website under ‘Outputs’.