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Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique

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Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique

By Alec Gerry | June 23, 2016

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Two prominent members of the Entomological Society of America were posthumously selected as winners of the Golden Goose Award, which honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered silly, odd, or obscure when first conducted but has resulted in significant benefits to society. Dr. Edward F. Knipling and Dr. Raymond C. Bushland are being cited for research that led to the “sterile insect technique,” in which lab-raised and sterilized male insects are used to overwhelm and eventually eradicate native pest populations. The technique has been heralded as “the only truly original innovation in insect control in [the 20th] century,” and continues to inform ongoing fights against other agricultural pests and insects carrying infectious pathogens, including the tsetse fly and the Aedes aegypti mosquito — the primary culprit in transmission of the Zika virus.

Read more about these pioneering veterinary entomologists here:  Knipling/Bushland


Raymond C. Bushland (standing) and Edward F. Knipling (seated at microscope). Photo courtesy of World Food Prize Foundation.

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