Canadian Forest Service Publications
Targeting female reproduction in insects with biorational insecticides for pest management: a critical review with suggestions for future research. 2019. Smagghe, G.; Zotti, M.; Retnakaran, A. Current Opinion in Insect Science 31: 65-69.
Available from: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 39493
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Of the different approaches to pest control, use of juvenile hormone analogs, molting hormone analogs and chitin synthesis inhibitors have dominated this field. Since they adversely interfere with the normal growth and development in one way or another, they have been collectively called as ‘insect growth regulators’ or IGRs. A lesser known fact is that they all have deleterious effects on reproduction. The raison d’être for this review is to summarize what we have learned during the last 3–4 decades in the use of these IGRs, how they affect insect reproduction and how we can apply this knowledge to control pest insects. Finally, we present, information on the state of the art use of molecular technologies for pest management targeting insect reproduction.
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