Control of Flies and Cockroaches by Insect Hormones.
Final technical rept. 10 Sep 72-17 Sep 73,
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL DEPT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
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The report summarizes the work conducted on insect cuticular tanning and sclerotization. Possible practical applications of these studies are based on the knowledge that the insects survival during evolution is in great measure due to their hard, cuticular exoskeleton which protects them from predators and environment stresses e.g. dessication. If the mechanism of cuticle tanning is elucidated, effective insect control could be obtained by devising methods to inhibit or interfere with the tanning process. The current report summarizes our studies on the relationship between a hemolymph phenolic conjugate and cuticular tanning in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta.
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