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Genetic Method for Separation of Males and Females of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Ceratitis capitata, Based on Pupal Color Dimorphism for Mass-Rearing Applications

  • C. Caceres
  • J. Walder
  • S. Venicio
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The genetic-sexing lines characterized by sexual dimorphism based on puparium pigmentation are considered as an effective mechanism for sexual separation in insects (Rossler, 1979) In large-scale SIT programs for the control/eradication of the Mediterranean Fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), the application of such a genetic mechanism is related to the reduction of sterilization costs, handling, packing, though rearing costs remain unchanged (Busch-Petersen and Kafu, 1989). Furthermore, an optimization of the technology under field conditions can be expected (Robinson et al., 1986).


Sexual Dimorphism Sugarcane Bagasse Aberrant Phenotype Ceratitis Capitata Line Stock 
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  • C. Caceres
  • J. Walder
  • S. Venicio

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