Tobacco Budworm: Parental and Inherited Sterility Induced by Reserpine and Gamma Irradiation

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Male pupae of Heliothis virescens (F.) reared on diets containing 0.1% (wt/vol) reserpine and then exposed to 15 or 20 krad of gamma irradiation, all substerile doses for the strain, gave rise to P1 males that transmitted delayed sterility to their F1 and F2 progeny. This delayed sterility had its greatest expression in the F1 ♀ progeny. Irradiation of the ♂ pupae with 10, 15, 20 or 25 krad adversely affected the emergence of F1 females, and the greater the dose, the fewer females produced. Oviposition, egg fertility, and the number of F1 progeny produced per female were not dependent on mating frequency.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1976

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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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