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Dynamics of Insect Toxicology—A Mathematical and Graphical Evaluation of the Relationship Between Insect Toxicity and Rates of Penetration and Detoxication of Insecticides1

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The dynamics of toxicity of insecticides to insects are examined. The relationship between insect toxicity and the rates of penetration and detoxication of insecticides can be expressed by simple mathematical equations or by graphical evaluation. Results of calculation of published data on house flies, Musca domestica L., topically treated with different insecticides indicate that the difference in the integrated area between penetration and detoxication represents the accumulation of toxicants, the amount of which determines the difference in toxicity to different species of insects as well as to the susceptible and resistant strains of the same species. Additional data indicate the relative importance of penetration and detoxication of several insecticides tested on house flies by topical application, injection with and without synergist, infusion, and spray methods.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1968

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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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