Screening of Termiticidal Activities Different Extracts of Stem Bark of Prunus africana against Macrotermes spp.
American Journal of Applied Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 1, February 2018, Pages: 35-38
Received: Dec. 18, 2017; Accepted: Jan. 10, 2018; Published: Jan. 26, 2018
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Desta Dirbeba, School of Natural and Computational Science, Dire Dawa University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
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Abstract
Prunus africana is renowned for its durability which can be attributable to the presence of wood extractives that are poisonous to degrading organisms such termites and fungi. The present study was thus undertaken to examine the potential termiticidal activity of different extracts of stem bark of Prunus africana against Macrotermes spp. The bark was extracted using different solvents (petroleum ether, diethyl ether and chloroform) and each extract was tested at seven different concentrations (0.156, 0.313, 0.625, 1.250, 2.500, 5.00 and 10.00 mg/mL). The results revealed that the diethyl ether extract is potent termiticide against the termites with lethal concentration of 0.22mg/mL within 5 minutes.
Keywords
Prunus africana, Macrotermes, Termiticidal Activity
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Desta Dirbeba, Screening of Termiticidal Activities Different Extracts of Stem Bark of Prunus africana against Macrotermes spp., American Journal of Applied Chemistry. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 35-38. doi: 10.11648/j.ajac.20180601.15
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