Exposure of House Flies and Oriental Rat Fleas on a High-Altitude Balloon Flight1

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House flies (Musca domestica L.) and oriental rat fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis (Rothsch.)) were exposed inside an air-conditioned gondola during a balloon flight that maintained an altitude of 78,000 to 82,000 feet for 16 hours. The purpose was to gather information on biological damage from cosmic and other radiations near the top of the atmosphere during a well-instrumented flight. Succeeding generations of the exposed insects reproduced about normally and no physical abnormalities were noted. Fleas exposed outside the gondola were killed by the low temperature.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1960

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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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