Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 15, Issue 3–4, pp 227–233 | Cite as

Esterases of laboratory-reared and field-collected cotton boll weevils, Anthonomus grandis Boh.: Polymorphism of adult esterases and formal genetics of esterase II

  • Charles J. Biggers
  • Harold R. Bancroft


The esterases of the cotton boll weevil were separated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis into four major regions. These were named Est I–IV in order of migration from anode to origin. Polymorphism was observed in all regions. The Est II region was shown to consist of no more than two bands (fast and slow). The inheritance of the fast and slow bands of Est II was demonstrated to be controlled by codominant autosomal alleles. Analysis of the gene frequency of the Est II region showed that one field population was consistent with the Hardy-Weinberg law (P=0.995), while a second field population was not at equilibrium (P<0.001).

Key words

Anthonomus grandis Boh. cotton boll weevil esterase polymorphism inheritance isozyme electrophoresis 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles J. Biggers
    • 1
  • Harold R. Bancroft
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyMemphis State UniversityMemphis

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