The Influence of Detoxifying Enzymes on Insecticide Tolerance in Honey Bee Colonies (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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Colonies of the honey bee, Apis melli/eTa L., showed variation in tolerance to the insecticides diazinon, propoxur, aldrin, and carbaryl. Tolerance to diazinon and propoxur was positively related to midgut mixed-function oxidase and glutathione transferase enzyme activities, but tolerance to aldrin was inversely related to these enzymes. Differences in tolerance to carbaryl were evident among colonies but were not related to enzyme activity levels. Linear regression models derived from these data may be used to predict colony tolerance from enzyme activity and may enable the selection of tolerant strains of bees that could maintain efficient pollination in areas of extensive insecticide use.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1990

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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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