Journal of
Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Biotech. Sustain. Dev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2340
  • DOI: 10.5897/JABSD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 143

Short Communication

The effect of gamma irradiation on the ovaries and testes of Plodia interpunctella (Phycitidae: Lepidoptera)

Abdel Baki Salwa M1,2 and Areej Abdelkareem Al Khalaf2*
  1Biological Applications Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo, Egypt. 2Biological Department, Faculty of Science, Jazan University, Jazan. 3Faculty of Science, Princes Nura University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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  •  Accepted: 27 May 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011



Plodia interpunctella (Hubn) male and female full grown pupae were exposed to 50, 150, 250 and 350 Gy. The ovaries and testes were investigated following the emergence of the moth. Irradiation of female pupae reduced the number of developing oocytes and fewer eggs were laid. This effect was referred to the reduction in the length of ovariole. Irradiation further induced oocyte reabsorption as compared to its occurrence in untreated insects. These effects were directly proportional to the dose applied. Exposure of male pupae to gamma rays led adversely to a decrease in the overall size of the testes in some of the emerged moths.


Key words: Plodia interpunctella, gamma rays, ovaries, testes.