Gamma Irradiation of Adult Horn Flies

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The most practical method of sterilizing Haematobia Irritans (L.) was to irradiate adults within 0–18 h after emergence. A dose of 2.5 krad from 137Cs resulted in more than 99% sterility of males and 100% infecundity of females. Competitiveness decreased slightly in laboratory tests when the dose was increased from 2.0–2.5 krad. This slight decrease was acceptable for large-scale use of the sterile males. Large (outdoor) -cage tests gave similar results.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1978

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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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