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Hormetic Responses of a Stinkbug Predator to Sublethal Doses of Pyrethroid

Abstract

Stressors can affect reproduction and longevity by impacting endocrine and immune systems but they may increase life span and stimulate reproduction. The effects of sublethal doses of permethrin topically applied on third instar nymphs of Podisus distinctus (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) was evaluated. The weight of females survival of nymph and adults, number of eggs and nymphs/females of P. distinctus were higher when exposed to lower doses of permethrin. On the other hand, the exposition to the 0.131, 1.315 and 13.15 ppb showed positive effects on the oviposition periods, number of egg masses and longevity of P. distinctus females.

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To “Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), PICDT/UFPB/CAPES” and “Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)” for finantial support. To “Syngenta Pro. Cul. Ltda (Holambra, SP)” for supplying the insecticide permethrin.

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Zanuncio, J.C., Jusselino-Filho, P., Ribeiro, R.C. et al. Hormetic Responses of a Stinkbug Predator to Sublethal Doses of Pyrethroid. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 87, 608–614 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-011-0405-x

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Keywords

  • Asopinae
  • Predatory bugs
  • Stresses
  • Sublethal effects
  • Xenobiotic