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Genetic Control

  1. Robert L. Metcalf1,
  2. Franz Müller2

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr337

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

How to Cite

Metcalf, R. L. and Müller, F. 2003. Genetic Control. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Illinois, Department of Entomology, Urbana, Illinois, United States

  2. 2

    (formerly Novartis Crop Protection AG), Allschwil, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Genetic control refers to a variety of methods for suppressing insect pests through manipulation of the inheritance mechanisms of the population. The mass release of sterilized males, sterile male release, has proved most successful, but other techniques have been evaluated, including the use of chemosterilants and the mass introduction of deleterious mutations.


  • genetic control;
  • chemosterilants;
  • sterile male release;
  • host plant resistance;
  • deleterious mutations