ASSESSING THE EFFICACY OF CASSIA FISTULA AND PONGAMIA PINNATA EXTRACTS AGAINST COPTOTERMES HEIMI.

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Qurat-Ul-Ain
Ayesha Aihetasham
Rafia Tabassum

Keywords

C. heimi, mortality, GC-MS, P. pinnata, Antitermitic.

Abstract

Present study focuses on the potential use of leaf extracts from two plant species for controlling Coptotermes heimi. Leaves from Pongamia pinnata and Cassia fistula were extracted with ethanol solution. The results showed that pongamia pinnata extract was more potent as compared to C. fistula. GC-MS analysis of both the plants revealed several important compounds, that could be further utilizes to explore the antitermitic potential of the identified components. Our findings indicated that percentage of mortality depends on the concentration and time of exposure. Both the extracts were repellent. This research underscores the potential of plant-derived solutions for sustainable termite control, paving the way for development of environmental friendly pest management strategies.

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