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Effect of Selection Pressure on the Cholinesterase of Boophilus microplus (Acari: Ixodidae) Resistant to Coumaphos

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The effect of selection pressure on the cholinesterase (AChE) activity of two strains of Boophilus microplus (Canestrini) resistant to coumaphos was monitored. Total AChE and protein was determined from three generations of resistant ticks and a susceptible strain. The effect of an AChE inhibitor, coroxon (the oxygen analog of coumaphos), was also determined. The resistance of the susceptible strain (Escondido) to coumaphos remained relatively unchanged throughout the study. The Tuxpan strain lost some of its resistance to coumaphos as the generations proceeded (AChE increased instead of decreased). The Tuxtla strain became more resistant to coumaphos as the generations proceeded (AChE increased).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1989

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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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