Effect of gamma radiation on the biology and inherited sterility in European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis Hubner (Lep: Crambidae)

Appl Radiat Isot. 2020 Jun;160:109096. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2020.109096. Epub 2020 Feb 24.


European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner is one of the polyphagous insects which causes damage to more than 200 plant species. This study evaluated the applicability of using sterile insect technique (SIT) and F1 sterility (when male parents were irradiated by sub-sterilizing doses). Accordingly, the effect of gamma radiation at doses 100-350 Gy was determined on the biological and reproductive parameters.

Keywords: Gamma irradiation; Ostrinia nubilalis; Parental and F1 generations; Radiobiology; Sterility.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gamma Rays*
  • Infertility*
  • Moths / physiology
  • Moths / radiation effects*
  • Zea mays / parasitology