A Comparative Study on the Speed of Action of Some Halogen-Containing Thiol Alkylating Agents on Resistant House Flies1

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A comparative study was made on the speed of action of iodo- bromo- and chloroacetic acids and myristyl and cetyl bromo- and chloroacetates on Musca domestica. The usual contact methods were employed and a strain (Kt) highly resistant to DDT was used.

The speed of action was shown to be much higher for iodo- and bromoacetic acids and for the bromoacetates than for chloroacetic acid and the chloroacetates.

The differences in speed of action are compared with the speed of reaction between the free acids and cysteine (Barron) where a striking difference between iodo- and bromoacetic acid on one side and chloroacetic acid on the other, can also be noted.

The authors infer that the differences in speed of action between the halogen-containing thiol alkylating substances under experiment should depend upon their' different chemical reactivity toward thiol-containing substances.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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