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Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Drosophilidae): A Model Insect for Insecticide Resistance Studies

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Although the biochemical basis of insect resistance to many pesticides is understood reasonably well, little is known of the genetic mechanisms underlying the evolution of resistance. A major reason for this shortcoming is difficulty with genetic manipulations of most insect pests. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster (Meigen), is uniquely suited as a model insect to investigate the classical, population, and molecular genetics of resistance evolution. The advantages and disadvantages of D. melanogaster for this work are discussed. Cloned sequences from D. melanogaster resistant genes can be used to identify and study homologous genes in pest species.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1988

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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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