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Toxicity of 1,8-cineole towards three species of stored product coleopterans

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2011

Kishan Kumar Aggarwal
Chemical Engineering Division, Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Division, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, P. O. CIMAP, Lucknow PIN 226015, India
Arun Kumar Tripathi*
Bioprospection Group Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Division, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, P. O. CIMAP, Lucknow PIN 226015, India
Veena Prajapati
Bioprospection Group Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Division, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, P. O. CIMAP, Lucknow PIN 226015, India
Sushil Kumar
Bioprospection Group Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Division, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, P. O. CIMAP, Lucknow PIN 226015, India
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1,8-cineole, one of the components of the essential oil of Artemisia annwa, was evaluated for repellency and toxicity against three stored product coleopterans—Callosobruchiis maculatus F. (Coleoptera: Bruchidae), Rhyzopertha dominica F. (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae) and Sitopliilus oryzae L. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). It was found to be moderately repellent to all three species, with a mean repellency in the range of 65–74% at the highest dose tested (4.0 μl/ml) within 1h. A contact toxicity assay revealed that direct topical application was more effective than using impregnated filter paper. The compound was more effective as a fumigant and gave 93–100% mortality against all the three pest species at the dose of 1.0 μl/l air under empty jar conditions as compared to treatment of jars filled with grain (11–26% mortality). The lethal dose and lethal concentration required to kill 50% of the beetles (LD50 and LC50) respectively varied.with the toxicity assay method. LD50 values of 0.03, 0.04 and 0.04 μl/insect against C. maculatus, R. dominica and S. oryzae respectively were found in the topical application assay while the LC50 in the fumigant assay was 0.28, 0.33 and 0.46 μl/l against C. maculatus, R. dominica and S. oryzae respectively.

Résumé: —L'un des composés de l'huile essentielle d'Artemisia annua, le 1,8-cineole, a été évalué pour sa répulsion et sa toxicité vis à vis de trois coléoptères des denrées stockées, Callosobrnchus maculatus F. (Coleoptera: Bruchidae), Rhyzoperta dominica F. (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae) et Sitopliilus orizae L. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Il s'est avéré être modérément répulsif pour les 3 espèces, avec une répulsion moyenne de 65–74% à la plus forte dose testée (4.0 ml/ml) pendant 1 heure. Un essai de toxicité de contact indique qu'une application locale directe est plus efficace que l'utilisation d'un papier filtre imprégné. Le composé est plus efficace en fumigation et provoque 93–100% de mortalité chez les trois espèces de ravageurs à la dose de 1.0 ml/l d'air dans un pot vide par rapport à un pot rempli de grains (11–26% de mortalité). La dose létale et la concentration létale requises pour tuer 50% des scarabées (LD50 et LC50 respectivement) varient avec le type d'essai de toxicité. Des valeurs de LD50 de 0.03, 0.04 et 0.04 ml/insecte pour C. maculatus, R. dominica et S. oryzae respectivement ont été trouvées dans l'essai avec une application locale alors que la LC50 dans l'essai de fumigation était respectivement de 0.28, 0.33 et 0.46ml/l pour C. maculatus, R. dominica et S. oryzae.

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