Effects of gamma irradiation dose-rate on sterile male Aedesaegypti

Beni Ernawan, Usman Sumo Friend Tambunan, Irawan Sugoro, Hadian Iman Sasmita

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Aedesaegypti is the most important vector for dengue, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Considering its medical importance, vector population control program utilizing radiation-based sterile insect technique (SIT) is one of the potential methods for preventing and limiting the dispersal of these viruses. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the dose-rates effects of γ-sterilization on quality parameters of sterile males. Males Ae.aegypti at the pupal stage were sterilized by applying 70 Gyγ-rays in varies dose-rates, i.e. 0 (control), 300, 600, 900, 1200 and 1500Gy/h utilizing panoramic irradiator. Adult males that emerged from the pupal stage were assessed for their quality parameters, which are the percentage of emergence, longevity, sterility and mating competitiveness. The results herein indicate that there was no major effect of dose-rate on the percentage of emergence, the data showedthat there were no differences between irradiated males compared with control. Generally, the longevity of irradiated males was lower compared to control. The data also demonstrated that longevity was significantly increased at the dose-rate from 300 to 900Gy/h, then decreased at the dose-rate 900 to 1500 Gy/h. Sterility of irradiated maleswas significantly different compared to control, while there was no significantly different at dose rate 300 to 1500 Gy/h. Mating competitiveness of irradiated males was increased at the dose rate from 300 to 1200 Gy/h, then the value was decreased significantly at the dose rate 1500 Gy/h. The dose-rate effects of γ-sterilization were discussed in the context genetic vector control, in particular, the SIT. The results give information and contribute to better understanding towards γ-sterilization optimization and quality parameters of sterile male Ae. aegypti on SIT methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of International Biology Conference 2016
Subtitle of host publicationBiodiversity and Biotechnology for Human Welfare
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735415287
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2017
Event3rd International Biology Conference 2016: Biodiversity and Biotechnology for Human Welfare, IBOC 2016 - Surabaya, Indonesia
Duration: 15 Oct 2016 → …

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference3rd International Biology Conference 2016: Biodiversity and Biotechnology for Human Welfare, IBOC 2016
Period15/10/16 → …


  • Aedesaegypti
  • dose-rate
  • emergence
  • gamma-irradiation
  • longevity
  • sterility and mating competitiveness


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