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Insecticide bioassay refers to any quantitative procedure used to determine the relationship between the amount (i.e., dose or concentration) of an insecticide administered and the magnitude of response in a living organism. If the toxic effect (e.g., death) indeed results from the action of an insecticide, there must be a positive correlation between an appropriate range of the insecticide dose administered and the magnitude of the effect. Such a relationship is known as the dose-response relationship and is fundamentally important in insecticide bioassay (Fig. 15).
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