Indication for weak mutagenicity of the organophosphorus insecticide dimethoate in Drosophila melanogaster

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Abstract

The organophosphorus insecticide dimethoate was tested for induction of genetic damage in male germ cells of Drosophila melanogaster. Sex-linked recessive lethals, sex-chromosome loss and non-disjunction induction were studied following different routes of administration: adult feeding, injection and larval feeding. Our results show that, after injection, dimethoate induces a slight but significant increase in the frequency of point mutations. © 1986.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
JournalMutation Research/Genetic Toxicology
Volume172
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986

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