Tropical legumes of the genus Stylosanthes immobilize and kill cattle ticks

@article{Sutherst1982TropicalLO,
  title={Tropical legumes of the genus Stylosanthes immobilize and kill cattle ticks},
  author={Robert W. Sutherst and Raymond J. Jones and H. J. Schnitzerling},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1982},
  volume={295},
  pages={320-321}
}
Ticks affect 800 million cattle and a similar number of sheep worldwide1 and their control by chemical ‘dipping’ is expensive and threatened by the widespread development of resistance2. Resistant varieties of crops have been used widely to control phytophagous insects3, but larvae of all species of hard ticks (Ixodidae) ascend plants only in order to transfer to a passing host. Contacts with hosts are infrequent thus the ticks must often wait in the pasture for several weeks4. A substantial… CONTINUE READING

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