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Insect Fertility: Inhibition by Folic Acid Derivatives

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Science  17 Apr 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3616, pp. 308-309
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3616.308

Abstract

Folic acid antagonists inhibited oviposition by screw-worm flies [Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel); Diptera: Calliphoridae]. Fertility was unaltered when sufficient folic acid was administered simultaneously, or it was partly restored spontaneously about 2 weeks after treatment. Folic acid antagonists principally affected only maturing eggs at any age, rather than those already matured.