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Insect Chemosterilants as Mutagens

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Chemical compounds that reduce or eliminate the reproductive capacity of an organism are called chemosterilants. In animals, particularly in those that reproduce sexually, normal reproductive processes form a complex network that can be disturbed chemically on several levels: cellular, organic, or behavioral. Since all such disturbances may lead eventually to a decrease or cessation of reproduction, chemosterilants include compounds with different pharmacological properties and different modes of action. Nevertheless, because of the unique practical requirement that these compounds were expected to fulfill, the search for new chemosterilants was oriented primarily to finding and identifying selective types of cytotoxicity. A brief historical summary will clarify the reason for this orientation.

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  • Mutagenic Activity
  • Phosphine Oxide
  • Hormonal Agent
  • Boll Weevil
  • Acta Entomol

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Agricultural Environmental Quality Institute, Agricultural Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Bořkovec, A.B. (1973). Insect Chemosterilants as Mutagens. In: Hollaender, A. (eds) Chemical Mutagens. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-8972-3_10

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