A Host-Parasite System for Testing Systemic Insecticides


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 59, Number 3, June 1966 , pp. 738-740(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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A host-parasite system, in which large and uniform populations of lice, Polyplax serrata (Burmeister), are developed on laboratory mice, was evaluated as a method for testing systemic insecticides. Tests with ronnel demonstrated that the effectiveness of multiple doses of a systemic insecticide could be evaluated by using this mouse-louse system. Furthermore, other studies on dosages and toxicity in mice would be possible. This host-parasite system has the advantage of testing the chemical on an ectoparasite that is living in its natural microenvironment.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 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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