Genetic consequences of linkage between malathion resistance and an autosomal male-determining factor in house fly (Diptera: Muscidae)

J Econ Entomol. 1992 Oct;85(5):1566-70. doi: 10.1093/jee/85.5.1566.


The pattern of inheritance of genes conferring resistance to malathion and genetic consequences of linkage between an autosomal male-determining factor and resistance genes on the second chromosome were investigated in a strain of house fly, Musca domestica L., selected for malathion resistance. The second and fifth chromosomes contribute significantly to malathion resistance. The presence of a male-determining factor linked with the resistance genes on the second chromosome resulted in a strong sexual dimorphism in malathion resistance. We also observed that the male-determining factor changed its linkage relationship from the third linkage group to the second linkage group during the selection experiments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Houseflies / genetics*
  • Insecticide Resistance
  • Malathion*
  • Male
  • Species Specificity


  • Malathion