Laboratory evaluation of natural saponin as a bioactive agent against Aedes aegypti and Culex pipiens

Zeev Wiesman, Bishnu P. Chapagain

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    Abstract

    Quillaja saponaria is a South Ameican saponin-producing plant and the Balanites aegyptiaca is an African - Asian saponin-producing platn. The efficacy of these two plant sources of natural saponins for the control of Aedes aegypti and Culex pipiens was studied in laboratory. The data showed that extracts of these two natural saponin plant sources can be used for an efficient bioactive preparation in Aedes aegypti and Culex pipiens mosquito control. Due to the fact that saponins are effecients in mosquito control, safe to mammals and available in high concentrations in many plant species all over the world, the cost of intensive use of saponin plant extract preparations should be relatively low and affordable to poor communities in the world.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)168-173
    Number of pages6
    JournalDengue Bulletin
    Volume27
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2003

    Keywords

    • Aedes aegypti
    • Balanites aegyptiaca
    • Culex pipiens
    • Dengue fever
    • Quillaja saponaria
    • Saponin
    • West Nile virus

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