How evolution makes bedbugs resistant to DDT


Our internet’s best expert in bedbugs, Bug Girl, recently featured another post relating how DDT drove evolution of bedbugs, so that bedbugs are no longer susceptible to DDT.  You should go read what Bug Girl said.

And you can view the video here, too; let’s spread the word, eh?

As Bug Girl describes it:

I discovered that bed bug evolution–specifically resistance to pesticides–was also the subject of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center‘s podcast this month.  A FASCINATING interview with one of the grand old men of evolutionary genetics, James Crow.  He worked on DDT resistance back in the late 40s and 50s.

Watch, and increase your knowledge.

3 Responses to How evolution makes bedbugs resistant to DDT

  1. bug_girl says:

    Gosh, Ed! Thanks–that means a lot.

    Like

  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Really, you’re the best on the internet. For clarity, for packed-with-informationness, for relevance, on bedbugs, you’re the best.

    I thought long and hard about that.

    Like

  3. bug_girl says:

    Thanks Ed! Although I’m not sure I’m really the *best* bedbug expert. I’m just the most prolific ;p

    Like

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