Wax lipid secretion and ultrastructural development in the egg-waxing (Gene's) organ in ixodid ticks.

@article{Booth1989WaxLS,
  title={Wax lipid secretion and ultrastructural development in the egg-waxing (Gene's) organ in ixodid ticks.},
  author={Timothy F. Booth},
  journal={Tissue & cell},
  year={1989},
  volume={21 1},
  pages={113-22}
}
Gene's organ, the egg-waxing organ of ticks, performs an essential function in females by coating the eggs with a waterproofing layer during oviposition, which prevents desiccation of the embryo, ensuring its viability. The organ is a target for control agents and a potential site of virus replication involving trans-oval transmission of arboviruses. The organ is a complex dermal gland, developed to an elaborate degree. The external appendage, the horns, is an evertable balloon-like cuticular… CONTINUE READING