Identifying an Achilles’ Heel in Insecticide Resistance – Dr Barry Pittendrigh, Purdue University

Nov 24, 2021 | earth and environment, health and medicine

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘The insulin signalling pathway in Drosophila melanogaster. A nexus revealing an “Achilles’ heel” in DDT resistance’, published in Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology.

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Insecticide resistance is an ongoing challenge for agriculture and the control of insect-transmitted diseases. In a recent study at Purdue University, a team of scientists led by Dr Barry Pittendrigh  identified a potential chink in the armour of insecticide resistance in fruit flies. If this Achilles’ heel can be exploited, it bodes well for the future control of destructive insects.




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