EFFECT OF NEEM OIL ON THE DNA LEVELS IN THE OVARY OF CALLOSOBRUCHUS CHINENSIS (COLEOPTERA: BRUCHIDAE)
Callosobruchus chinensis is a menace to agricultural crop produces infesting pulses, and many other food products, hence an attempt was made to control the stored products pest by using medicinal plant extract Neem oil. The DNA levels in the ovary increased gradually in the larvae, pupae and the adults of Callosobruchus chinensis, whereas in the Neem oil treated resultant larvae there was a prominent decrease in the protein content when compared with the controls. The Neem oil is safe, cheap, residue free and ecofriendly that can fit into the IPM package of stored grain pests of pulses
Keywords: Neem oil, Callosobruchus chinensis, DNA, ovary, larvae, pupae and adult.
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