The Conversion of Aldrin to Dieldrin on Plants1

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The conversion of aldrin to the more residual and equally toxic material, dieldrin, has been found to occur Oil alfalfa, soybeans, and corn and may take place on plants in general. A 1-pound per acre treatment of aldrin on alfalfa yielded aldrin residues which had dissipated to 0.1 p.p.m. in 8 days after spraying while the dieldrin produced took 25 days to reach the same level.

This conversion has been proved by specific colorimetric, total organic chloride, bioassay, paper chromatographic, and infrared spectroscopic methods.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1958

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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