Small bite, big threat: UN scientists research reducing mosquito populationsListen /
Scientists at the UN are looking at ways of suppressing insect populations around the world as a way to prevent a wide range of diseases, such as malaria and dengue.
Mosquito born-diseases result in the deaths of a million people every year.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently developing a procedure called Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) which introduces sterile insects into the environment.
SIT is expected to reduce insect populations to the extent that they are no longer a threat to humans.
Steve Thatchet spoke to Jeremie Lionel Gilles, the head of SIT development at the IAEA about the technique.