The Chemosterilant Effect of Anthramycin Methyl Ether in Drosophila melanogaster1

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Ingestion by newly emerged adult Drosophila melanogaster (Meigen) of anthramycin methyl ether at levels of 1.0 and 0.5% induces complete and permanent sterility. Sexually mature D. melanogaster are equally susceptible to sterilization. Four hours of feeding at the 1.0% level are sufficient to induce sterility. Ingestion of anthramycin methyl ether is essential to its activity. Contact exposure to this compound has little or no sterilizing effect. Individual treatment of the sexes shows that only female D. melanogaster are sterilized by this compound.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1969

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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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