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Disruptive effects of pomegranate Punica granatum Linn. (Lythraceae) extracts on the feeding, digestion and morphology of Spodoptera littoralis (Boisduval) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

Ben Hamouda Amel, Mechi Atika, Zarrad Khaoula, Laarif Asma, Chaieb Ikbal

The present study was carried out to investigate the feending deterrence, nutritional indices and morphological abnormalities of Spodoptera littoralis in response to methanol, ethanol and aqueous extracts of Punica granatum peel. The peel powder was extracted on ethanol, methanol and water and the dose of 2% was applied on the 3rd instars’ larvae maintained on artificial diet or Emex spinosa leaves. Feeding deterrence, nutritional and morphological abnormalities were evaluated. Pomegranate peel extracts showed promissing for the control of African Cotton Leafworm for disrupting of feeding, development and for causing deformities involved in vital activities like feeding, walking or flying, making the insect vulnerable to several sorts of mortality agents or prevent them from causing damage to the crop.

Keywords: Pomegranate, extract, feeding, ingestion, morphology, leafworm


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