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Synthetic pyrethroid resistance in Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus ticks from north-western Himalayas, India

Godara, R., Katoch, R., Rafiqi, Shafiya I., Yadav, A., Nazim, Kaifa, Sharma, Rohini, Singh, N. K., Katoch, M.
Tropical animal health and production 2019 v.51 no.5 pp. 1203-1208
Rhipicephalus microplus, acaricide resistance, adults, agroclimatology, altitude, animal husbandry, control methods, cypermethrin, deltamethrin, pyrethrins, subtropics, ticks, Himalayan region, India
In the present study, adult immersion test (AIT) was used for evaluation of resistance against synthetic pyrethroids (deltamethrin and cypermethrin) in Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus ticks collected from nine districts of three agro-climatic zones of north-western Himalayan region of India. Resistance factors (RFs) were calculated between 0.94 to 50.71 for deltamethrin and 0.32 to 13.18 for cypermethrin. Resistance to deltamethrin was detected at level I in two, level II in four, level III and level IV in one isolate each while one isolate was susceptible. Against cypermethrin, resistance at levels I and II was detected in three isolates each while three isolates were found susceptible. The low altitude sub-tropical zone revealed higher density of resistant ticks where intensive animal husbandry practices were followed and the synthetic pyrethroid usage was common. Data generated on pyrethroid resistance status of ticks in north-western Himalayan region will provide new insights in acaricidal resistance particularly from remote areas of this region and will help in formulating suitable control measures.