Management of Resistance in Arthropods

  • George P. Georghiou


Since the earliest days of their awareness of resistance, entomologists have been concerned with understanding the factors responsible for its development and with divising measures for its control. It is remarkable that in reporting the first case of resistance — in the San José scale toward lime sulfur — Melander (1914) recognized the role of incomplete coverage and genetic recessiveness and speculated that should the scale become resistant also to oil sprays “we might have to introduce a weak strain to cross with the immune and thus return to the normal susceptible population.” Melander and other early pioneers in studies of resistance (Quayle 1922, Woglum 1925) may have been ahead of their time, however, for in the subsequent 30 years or so, resistance evolved slowly, affecting only 12 species of arthropods (review by Babers 1949). Interest in resistance intensified with the introduction of DDT and with the rapid development in cases of resistance to organochlorine, organophos-phate, carbamate and most recently to pyrethroid insecticides. The phenomenon now involves at least 428 species of arthropods and every class of commonly available compound (Georghiou and Mellon, this volume).


Juvenile Hormone Insecticide Resistance Methyl Parathion Insect Resistance Resistance Management 
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  • George P. Georghiou
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  1. 1.Division of Toxicology and Physiology, Department of EntomologyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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