Development of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) larvicides

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
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Larvicides are used to control sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in the Great Lakes. These larvicides are useful because they are more toxic to sea lamprey than fish species found in the same habitat. The lampricides come from two classes of chemical compounds: (1) halonitrophenols, and (2) halonitrosalicylanilides. Selectivity of the larvicides appears to be based on the differences in the ability of sea lamprey larvae and fishes to detoxify and/or excrete the chemicals. Glucuronide conjugation is an important mechanism for detoxification of these larvicides by fish, and selectivity of larvicides may be due to differences in glucuronyl transferase activity between lamprey and fishes. If more detailed information were available on uptake, metabolism, excretion, and the biochemistry and physiology of lamprey as compared to fishes, it might be possible to design chemicals that would be more selective than those now in use.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Development of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) larvicides
Series title Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
DOI 10.1139/f80-251
Volume 37
Issue 11
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher NRC Research Press
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description 6 p.
First page 2103
Last page 2107
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