Boll Weevil Chemosterilization by Hypobarometric Distillation

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Hypobarometric distillation appears to be a promising technique for sterilizing Anthonomus grandis Boheman because of the short exposure times. Boll weevils were exposed to hempa and hempa + isotropyl methane sulfonate for times ranging from 1–6 min. Males were effectively sterilized by the 2, 4, and 6 min treatments, although some recovery of fertility was evident in the 2nd and 3rd weeks posttreatment. Egg production by treated females was significantly decreased and egg hatch averaged 31%.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1974

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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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