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Mass-rearing conditions do not affect responsiveness to sex pheromone and flight activity in sweetpotato weevils

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For ensuring the effectiveness of sterile insect technique (SIT) programmes, maintaining the reproductive competitiveness and dispersal ability of mass-reared sterile males is essential. Inadvertent selection is an important genetic process that frequently occurs during mass rearing to produce sterile males. We investigated the effect of mass-rearing conditions on the responsiveness to sex pheromones and spontaneous flight activity of males of the sweetpotato weevil Cylas formicarius (Coleoptera: Brentidae). There were no significant differences in the responsiveness to sex pheromones and spontaneous flight activity between wild and mass-reared strains. These results indicate that mass-reared strains of C. formicarius might not cause serious problems for implementing SIT programmes.

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