Identification of Insecticides and Acaricides by Comparative Bioassay

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Science  06 May 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3410, pp. 1369-1370
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3410.1369


Toxicants in purified form can be identified by applying a base dose, consisting of the amount causing 50-percent mortality in one organism, to other susceptible organisms. This yields a mortality pattern which "fingerprints" the compound. Toxicants related by chemical structure or biological activity tend to possess similar mortality patterns.