Insect Hormone Activity of p-(1,5-Dimethylhexyl)benzoic Acid Derivatives in Dysdercus species

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Science  01 Nov 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3853, pp. 582-583
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3853.582


Derivatives of p-(1,5-dimethylhexyl)benzoic acid are juvenile hormone analogs with selective action on the hemipteran insects of the family Pyrrhocoridae. Their juvenile hormone activity is constant on five species of Dysdercus; it is about ten times lower on Pyrrhocoris, and no activity has been detected on hemipterans of some other families. Absence of profound species-specific variations in the activity suggests that the most active compounds of this type can be used as selective pesticides against all species of Dysdercus.

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