20 Jan '11, 3am

A US study has found that bedbugs have genes which make them resistant to pesticide

Entomologists at Ohio State University found bedbug genes that appear to be pesticide-resistant. -- PHOTO: RENTOKIL WASHINGTON - BEDBUGS have terrorised homeowners and tourists around the world, but US researchers say their genetic analysis of the beasts may lead to better ways to kill them off. Entomologists at Ohio State University found genes that appear to be pesticide-resistant, according to their findings published on Wednesday in the online Public Library of Science. 'Pinpointing such defence mechanisms and the associated genes could lead to the development of novel methods of control that are more effective,' said study co-author Dr Omprakash Mittapalli, assistant professor of entomology. The study was funded by the US government and carried out at the university's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. 'While bedbugs are poised to become one of the maj...

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