Lethal Action of UV Irradiation on Insects1
Author: BEARD, RAIMON L.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 65, Number 3, June 1972 , pp. 650-654(5)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:The lethal action of UV (wave length 254 nm) on several species of insects in different life stages was investigated with a view toward explaining mechanism of action and predicting patterns of response. Results revealed that dipterous eggs and larvae, eggs of the large milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus (Dallas), and worker tel" mites are remarkably sensitive to this irradiation, whereas some other insects are unaffected. Sensitivity is deter- mined by the transmittance of surface membranes and the presence of a sensitive substrate. Some cuticulae and chorions transmit UV; others do not. DNA may be the sensitive target in some systems but mayor may not be in others. UV irradiation could be effective as an insect control agent under specialized circumstances.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1972-06-01
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