Suppression of Insecticide Resistance by Alteration of Gene Dominance and Migration

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A model of pest population growth and evolution of resistance is described which suggests that population sizes, under certain circumstances, can be controlled without the concomitant increase in resistance. This is accomplished when inward migration is sufficiently high and the alleles which confer resistance are recessive. Migration rates can be supplemented by the release of susceptible individuals and dominance can be modified by adjusting the dose of insecticide. A global stability analysis indicates that conditions favorable to containment are intermediate migration rates, application of short-lived pesticides, and an initial bottleneck of population size before the regular pesticide is used.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1979

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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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