Isolation of a deet-insensitive mutant of Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Drosophilidae).

  title={Isolation of a deet-insensitive mutant of Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Drosophilidae).},
  author={Nancy L. Reeder and Philip J Ganz and James Reynolds Carlson and Charles W. Saunders},
  journal={Journal of economic entomology},
  volume={94 6},
Despite the widespread use of N,N,-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (deet) in insect repellent products, nothing is known about the molecular basis for the repellency of deet, we initiated a molecular genetics program to elucidate the molecular mechanism of deet repellency in Drosophila melanogaster (Meigen). Deet repellency was apparently due to airborne vapors, as wild type flies were repelled by a deet-treated surface in the absence of physical contact and in the dark. A mutant was isolated using… CONTINUE READING

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