Reserpine as a Sterilant for the Mexican Fruit Fly1,2

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Tests conducted during 1963 at Brownsville. Texas, showed that continuous feeding of both sexually immature and mature adult Mexican fruit flies, Anastrepha Iudens (Loew), on reserpine at concentrations of 0.5-4.0% in food resulted in loss of reproductive capacity in females. when reserpine was removed from the diet, ovaries did not completely recover ability to produce eggs. Gonads of treated males remained functional and no morphological aberrations were apparent. Mating frequency was normal and mortality negligible. Short-period feedings (14 days or less) on 2% reserpine followed by a return to standard diet did not permanently suppress the reproductive capacity of either sex. Feeding response of flies to reserpine treated food was 15.3 to 22.6% less than that on the standard diet.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1966

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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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