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Insect control with growth regulators interfering with the endocrine system
- STAAL, GERARDUS B.
- Entomologia experimentalis et applicata 1982 v.31 no.1 pp. 15-23
- cost effectiveness, endocrine system, field crops, insect control, insects, juvenile hormone analogs, juvenile hormones, mechanism of action, metamorphosis, pests, prototypes
- Out of a field of many thousands of analogs of the insect juvenile hormones (JHA), only a few have found practical utility in the control of a variety of insect species. Their mode of action and the lack of foliar stability in all but the most recently discovered juvenoids have so far precluded their use against pests of field crops. A possible more efficacious mode of action is present in anti-juvenile hormone agents (AJH), which can induce premature metamorphosis, but of which none of the present prototypes has yet been developed into a cost effective control agent. These AJH prototypes represent a number of very different action mechanisms and degrees of selectivity for different insect taxa. In an even more contemporary approach, the interference with neurohormonal pathways presents significant perspectives for insect control.