Effect of Topsoil Treated with J3230 (5-propyl-l-en-3-oxy-6[ 1-(4-methyoxyphenyl)ethyl]-1,3- benzodioxole) on Reproduction of the Oriental Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae)


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 90, Number 2, April 1997 , pp. 535-539(5)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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The effect of a benzyl-1,3-benzodioxole derivative (BBD), J3230 (5-propyl-len- 3-oxy-6[1-(4-methyoxyphenyl)ethyl]-1,3-benzodioxole) on reproduction of the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), was investigated by exposing late 3rd instars to topsoil treated with this chemosterilant. Adult emergence and subsequent egg hatch were significantly reduced. J3230 affected primarily the reproduction of male oriental fruit fly when the mature larvae were exposed to treated soil. When untreated females were mated with males that had emerged from treated soil, the subsequent egg hatch was decreased. This decrease was retained longer with increasing J3230 concentrations. The number of spermatozoa in spermathecad of females mated with males that had emerged from treated soil was significantly reduced. Histological sections further showed aberrant flagella and sperm bundles in testes from the treated group. J3230 activity was reduced when the treated soil was incubated at 2.5, 35. and 45ºC for extended periods; however, its activity could be retained in the soil for> 1 mo at 25 and 35ºC. Short-wave length UV light (254 nm) and soil moisture were also found to affect the activity of this chemosterilant.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1997

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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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