The Conservation Tool
This project uses the Wolbachia-incompatible male mosquito through the Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) to suppress mosquito populations. Wolbachia is a common, naturally occurring bacteria present in nearly half of the world's insect species, including native Hawaiian insects.
A Wolbachia-incompatible male mosquito has a different strain of Wolbachia than the wild females. When a male and female mosquito of the same species with different strains of Wolbachia mate, the females cannot successfully reproduce. This results in inviable eggs–meaning the eggs don’t hatch.