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DDT-metabolism in Resistant and Susceptible Stable-flies and in Bacteria

Naturevolume 207pages660661 (1965) | Download Citation



THE main cause of resistance to DDT in insects is an increased rate of detoxication, although other mechanisms (such as higher lipid content, or lower nerve sheath permeability) have been suggested1. Products of DDT-metabolism in insects are DDE, kelthan, and water soluble conjugates1, while yeast2 and rat liver3 metabolize DDT to TDE.

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  1. Norwegian Plant Protection Institute, Vollebekk, Norway

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