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Journal of Entomology
Year: 2013  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 207 - 213

Anti-termitic Activity of Aqueous Extracts from Saharan Toxic Plants Against Anacanthotermes ochraceus

Y. Bourmita, A. Cheriti, M. Didi Ould El Hadj, K. Mahmoudi and N. Belboukhari    

Abstract: In Algeria Sahara, Anacanthotermes ochraceus is among the most devastating termite pests, it cause great damage to house hold materials and agriculture in oasis. The objective of this study was to evaluate Saharan plants extracts for their termiticidal activities against Anacanthotermes ochraceus in a research programme for effective, environment and eco-friendly termite control agents. This study investigate, the anti-termitic activity of aqueous extracts from different part of four Saharan plants (Calotropis procera, Hyoscyamus muticus, Pergularia tomentosa and Datura stramonium) against termite workers using direct contact application. All the crude extracts showed significant anti-termitic activity in a different doses and the mortality, among various aqueous extracts were statistically different (p<0.05). The highest termite mortality (50%) was found in leaves extract of Calotropis procera. This results is the first report on the search of termiticidal natural compounds extracts against the Saharan Anacanthotermes ochraceus, it can open the possibility of further investigations on eco-friendly termite control agents.

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