ROME (Apr. 20)
Israel began today the export of 4,000,000 atomically-sterilized fruit flies a week in an international experiment to bring about a massive reduction in the number of such insects and in the millions of dollars in damages they inflict on Mediterranean agriculture.
The files are sterilized in the Biological Research Institute at Nes-Ziona. They will be released on the island of Capri, off Naples, The project, which will result in total exports of 100,000,000 million sterilized fruit flies, is being carried out in cooperation with the Italian National Research Council, the Food’ and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the Israeli Citrus Marketing Board, the International Atomic Agency in Vienna and the Italian Agricultural Ministry.