Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_4653

The means by which a toxin affects an organism physiologically or metabolically. This term is usually used in concert with discussion of insecticides. Most insecticides are neurotoxins, disrupting normal nervous transmission by affecting either axonic or synaptic transmission. Others are metabolic inhibitors, affecting central cellular metabolic functions such as membrane permeability. Still others are more selective, affecting insect growth or molting.


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