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In Pyrethroids, which of the following channel is targeted for imposing toxicity?

(a) Sodium

(b) Calcium

(c) Potassium

(d) Iron

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My question is from Types of Pesticides topic in chapter Biodegradation of Pesticides in the Environment of Environmental Biotechnology

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Correct answer is (a) Sodium

For explanation: In pyrethroids, sodium channel is usually targeted for imposing the toxicity in pest which usually kills the pest but then they are degraded rapidly, whereas, calcium, potassium or iron channel are usually not targeted. In pyrethroids they usually don’t cause any harm to the environment because they lose its activity upon usage and doesn’t have any side effects of targeting non-targeted organisms.

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