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Developing genetic tools to control the Oriental fruit fly: Potential approaches and target genes

Traoré, Nouhoun; Galizi, Roberto; Kientega, Mahamadi; Maïga, Hamidou; Nébié, Karim; Dabiré, Rémy A.; Belem, Adrien M. G.; Diabaté, Abdoulaye


Nouhoun Traoré

Mahamadi Kientega

Hamidou Maïga

Karim Nébié

Rémy A. Dabiré

Adrien M. G. Belem

Abdoulaye Diabaté


The Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, is a pest of significant economic interest that damages horticulture and causes major economic losses worldwide. The main control measures are based on insecticides, which are being increasingly restricted due to the development of genetic resistance. Therefore, there is a crucial need for a novel, sustainable, and environmentally safe means of controlling this pest. Advances in genome editing, aided by the discovery of CRISPR‐Cas9 tools and the development of gene drive systems, offer new alternatives for combating insect pests and vectors. Genetic suppression tools targeting key parameters could become powerful assets within the AW‐IPM programme for controlling B. dorsalis. This literature review provides an overview of currently characterized genes that could be targeted for genetic suppression of B. dorsalis.


Traoré, N., Galizi, R., Kientega, M., Maïga, H., Nébié, K., Dabiré, R. A., …Diabaté, A. (in press). Developing genetic tools to control the Oriental fruit fly: Potential approaches and target genes. Journal of Applied Entomology,

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jun 4, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 29, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 8, 2024
Journal Journal of Applied Entomology
Print ISSN 0931-2048
Electronic ISSN 1439-0418
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords genetic control, Bactrocera dorsalis, population suppression, literature review, potential target genes, CRISPR‐Cas9
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