Sarita Kumar/Research publications/Abstract 9

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The laboratory studies were conducted to uncover the correlation between the levels of pyrethroid resistance and the reproductive potential of parent (SS) and resistant strains of Culex quinquefasciatus (RR) originating from Delhi, India and selected with deltamethrin (RDL) or the combination of deltamethrin and PBO (1:5) (RDP) at the larval stage and selected with deltamethrin at the adult stage (RDA). The reproductive potential was evaluated in terms of fecundity, fertility, egg hatchability and longevity of gonotrophic cycles. The RR strains exhibited 68-74% reduced duration of the gonotrophic cycles when compared with that of SS strain. The considerable decrease in the egg production, ranging from 45.4% to 61.6%, observed in the selected strains as compared to the SS strain indicates the possible positive correlation between the levels of deltamethrin resistance and the reproduction disadvantage. This correlation was further confirmed by 24.6% to 53.6% decrease in the hatchability of eggs of the selected strains with respect to that of the parent strain. A worth mentioning observation of the reduced reproductive fitness in RDP strains suggests the effectiveness of synergized deltamethrin selections in reducing the frequency of resistant individuals. The reproductive disadvantage in adult-selected strains possessing negligible resistance to deltamethrin implicates the efficacy of deltamethrin as an adulticide rather than as a larvicide against Cx. quinquefasciatus. The results suggest that the reduced reproductive fitness of resistant genotypes in the population can eliminate heterozygotes and resistant homozygotes by implementing different resistance-management strategies against Cx. quinquefasciatus.

Key Words: Culex quinquefasciatus, deltamethrin resistance, reproductive potential, fecundity, egg hatchability, fitness, gonotrophic cycle