Male medflies that are genetically altered using the RIDL technique don't produce viable female offspring (Photo: Oxitec)
UEA and Oxitec are now seeking approval for open-field trials of the technology (Photo: Oxitec)
Mediterranean fruit flies are responsible for extensive damage to fruit and vegetable crops, not only in the Mediterranean region but also in Australia, North and South America. While existing methods of controlling them include the use of insecticides and sterilization, the University of East Anglia and biotech company Oxitec are pioneering what they claim is a greener and less expensive approach – they're genetically modifying male fruit flies to produce only male viable offspring.
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