The Metabolism of [14C] O,O-Diethyl O-(3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridyl)phosphorothioate (Dursban) in Fish

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The new DursbanĀ® insecticide is effective in controlling mosquitoes. The active ingredient of this insecticide is O,O-diethyl O-(3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridyl) phosphorothioate. In spraying Dursban to control mosquitoes, the chemical will come in contact with the fish, plants, and soil in the environment. In investigations with [14C] labeled insecticide, it was found that the Dursban is rapidly absorbed from the water by plants and soil particles, but very slowly metabolized. Fish absorb the compound at a much slower rate, but rapidly metabolize it. The detoxified products are then eliminated into the water. Under natural conditions the majority of the Dursban will be absorbed by the plants and soil particles thus limiting the amount which can be taken up by the fish.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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