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Effects of Temperature on the Acute Toxicity and Uptake of Lindane by Chironomus riparius (Meigen) (Diptera: Chironomidae)

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Effects of temperature on toxicity of lindane to the midge Chtronomus riparius (Meigen) were studied. The toxicity of lindane increased from 13.43 ppm to 6.63 ppm as temperature increased from 15 to 25°C (positive temperature coefficient). An LC50 of 6.77 ppm was obtained when temperature was increased to 35°C. Since the toxicity of lindane did not change significantly when temperature was increased from 25 to 35°C, the temperature coefficient for this interval is neutral. Uptake studies using 14C-Iindane demonstrated that differential toxicity is attributable in part to differential absorption and, in part, to altered susceptibility of the target site at temperature extremes.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1985

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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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