Term of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Biology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

James H. Oliver, Jr.

Committee Member 1

Sara N. Bennett

Committee Member 2

W. Keith Hartberg


This study investigates the effect of precocene II, an antijuvenile hormone on the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Say) Points of sensitivity to precocene during the developmental and gonadotrophic cycles are identified. Pharmacological and potential endocrinological dosage levels are considered for fed adult females. Evidence of precocene induced functional sterility and the ovicidal properties are evaluated. Latent anti-feedant, developmental and gonadotrophic effects in the development of individuals treated as embryos with precocene are presented.

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