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Biochemical effects of deodar oil in comparison to imidacloprid and carbosulfan on pupae of mealworm Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)

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Islam Dad Buneri, Masarrat Yousuf, Mohammad Attaullah, Bakht Tarin Khan, Muhammad Amin

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 3), 343-348, March 2018


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This study was conducted to evaluate the biochemical changes in the pupae of mealworm treated with LC50 concentration of Deodar oil in comparison to imidacloprid and carbosulfan insecticides. The larvae of mealworm beetle were treated with deodar oil (3.41 %), carbosulfan (0.086 %) and imidacloprid (0.023 %) through feeding method. The trerated larvae when able to reach the pupal stage successfully were crushed at the pupal stage for the biochemical analysis. Deodar oil and carbosulfan inhibited cholinesterase activity while imidacloprid enhanced this activity in the pupae of mealworm. ALP activity was inhibited with Deodar oil while enhanced when treated with imidacloprid and carbosulfan in the pupae of mealworm. It is concluded that the chronic effects of insecticides are carried out in the next developmental stage of mealworm pest from larvae to pupae. Deodar oil, a biopesticide has a strong biochemical effect on pupae of mealworm pest by altering their enzymatic activities. Deodar oil is environment friendly and can be effectively used as a substitute of synthetic insecticides.


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