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1 April 2008 Lack of Fitness Costs of Insecticide Resistance in the Western Flower Thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)
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The fitness costs of spinosad and acrinathrin resistance was investigated in the western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Fitness studies were conducted on susceptible and resistant strains of F. occidentalis. Resistant females were significantly more fecund (number of eggs per female) than susceptible females. The hatching rate (fertility) for both susceptible and acrinathrin-resistant strains was significantly lower than in the spinosad-resistant strain. Mean developmental time from egg to adult did not differ between thrips populations. Similarly, female longevity did not differ between populations. These data suggest that lack of fitness costs related to insecticide resistance may accelerate the development of insecticide resistance in populations of F. occidentalis from southeastern Spain.

P. Bielza, V. Quinto, C. Grávalos, J. Abellán, and E. Fernández "Lack of Fitness Costs of Insecticide Resistance in the Western Flower Thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)," Journal of Economic Entomology 101(2), 499-503, (1 April 2008). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493(2008)101[499:LOFCOI]2.0.CO;2
Received: 5 September 2007; Accepted: 15 November 2007; Published: 1 April 2008
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