Sterility Induced in Boll Weevils1 by Alkylating Agents Administered in an Adult Diet2

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The chemosterilant activity of 4 alkylating agents to adult Anthonomus grandis Boheman was investigated. A diet containing 0.1% busulfan (1,4-butanediol dimethane- sulfonate or ENT 25012) and fed for 6 days produced sterility in both sexes in 5 out of 7 tests. Busulfan 0.2% for 6 days and 0.4% for 4 days generally were effective against both sexes, but mortality was high in the male. Although ENT 61168 (diethylene glycol dimethanesulfonate) was ineffective against the male, this compound generally sterilized the females at either 0.4% for 4 and 6 days or 0.8% for 4 days. ENT 51904 (1,3-propanediol dimethanesulfonate) was ineffective against the male, but all regimes produced sterility in the female. Apholate produced sterility in both sexes only when accompanied by excessive mortality.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1972

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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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