Efficacy of Three Protectants, Primiphos Methyl, Piper guineense and Eugenia aromatica, against Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera Tenebrionidae) on Stored Chips of Three Musa spp
1Department of Crop Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Musa spp are highly perishable crops with serious storage problems. Transformation to chips and flour has been identified as the only means of keeping them for a relatively longer period of time. This transformation, however, exposes them to attack by many storage pests including Tribolium castaneum Herbst. To get protection from these pests, in the past, synthetic pesticides were used with some measure of success. However, residue accumulation, toxicity to man and pest resistance caused by arbitrary use of synthetic pesticides have inspired this research into a healthy and less toxic alternative control measures for stored produce pests of chips. This experiment was conducted at the Department of Crop Science Research Laboratory, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (06o 52̍ N, 07o 24̍ E; 447.26m a.s.l.), Nigeria from February to May, 2012 to compare the efficacy of powdered extracts of two botanical materials (Guinea pepper seeds (Piper giuneense Schum & Thonn) and Cloves flower buds (Eugenia aromatica Baill.) and a synthetic pesticide (Primiphos methyl 2% dust) against the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum Herbst. (Coleoptera Tenebrionidae) on chips of three Musa spp (Agbagba, Obino’l ewai and Cooking banaana). The experiment was laid out as 8 × 3 factorial (8 levels of protectants by 3 levels of chips) in completely randomised design (CRD) with three replications. Results revealed that actellic (Primiphos methyl) had significantly (p < 0.05) higher mortality effect on adult T. castaneum than the other protectants. Chips treated with 2g cloves had significantly (p < 0.05) lower percentage loss and lower rate of damage than all the protectants but its effects was similar to that of actellic. 2g cloves therefore compared favourably with the synthetic pesticides against T. castaneum in chips storage.
Keywords: Musa chips, powdered plant extracts, synthetic pesticide, protectants, T. castaneum, damage
World Journal of Agricultural Research, 2014 2 (3),
Received April 11, 2014; Revised May 05, 2014; Accepted June 05, 2014Copyright © 2013 Science and Education Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
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- Chukwulobe, Modesta Ngozi, and Bonaventure Chukwujindu Echezona. "Efficacy of Three Protectants, Primiphos Methyl, Piper guineense and Eugenia aromatica, against Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera Tenebrionidae) on Stored Chips of Three Musa spp." World Journal of Agricultural Research 2.3 (2014): 136-141.
- Chukwulobe, M. N. , & Echezona, B. C. (2014). Efficacy of Three Protectants, Primiphos Methyl, Piper guineense and Eugenia aromatica, against Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera Tenebrionidae) on Stored Chips of Three Musa spp. World Journal of Agricultural Research, 2(3), 136-141.
- Chukwulobe, Modesta Ngozi, and Bonaventure Chukwujindu Echezona. "Efficacy of Three Protectants, Primiphos Methyl, Piper guineense and Eugenia aromatica, against Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera Tenebrionidae) on Stored Chips of Three Musa spp." World Journal of Agricultural Research 2, no. 3 (2014): 136-141.
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It is no gain saying that safe keep of farm produce is as important as their production. According to Narong (2003), it is misleading to measure productivity at the point of production rather than at the point of consumption. Musa spp are among the major food crops in the humid and sub-humid parts of and major sources of energy for millions of people in these regions (Isah et al., 2009). Post harvest losses constitute major problems limiting their availability in most producing regions of Sub-saharan Africa (Sugri and Johnson, 2009). Although recent researches have evolved methods of storing fresh produce, they are still under trial and have kept these produce for a few days (Akanonwur and Sodie, 2005). Musa spp can only be stored for relatively long period of time in the form of dried chips or fried (Fayemi, 1999). Processing crops to chips helps to increase their shelf life, reduce transport cost by reducing bulkiness, improve handling quality, remove non-edible and unmarketable parts and make producers earn higher income by helping them keep their produce till the season of scarcity (Eze et al., 2006). Raw materials are also made available for the agro-industries (Amusa, 2001). Despite the above advantages, chips storage have been faced with the problem of pests and moulds (Chijindu and Boateng, 2008; Isah et al., 2009). Dry stored products are attacked by many pests that cause serious damages to the products. It is necessary therefore to render proper importance to such pests, since cares and expenditures for pest control in field crops would be of no use if the products will be attacked and damaged when stored. The reduction of post harvest food losses is therefore a complementary means of increasing food production.
The red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum is one of the primary pests infesting dry stored produce worldwide (Garcia et al., 2005). Infestations cause significant losses due to direct consumption of produce, reduction of nutrients and increase in temperature and moisture conditions that lead to accelerated growth of molds, including toxigenic species (Chijindu and Boateng, 2008). The adults are long lived and may live for more than three years (Walter, 1990). They have high rate of population increase because the adult female can lay large number of viable eggs throughout their life (Hill, 1990; Campbell and Runnion, 2003). T. castaneum has been reported to resist many insecticides used for its control (Richards et al., 2008). Because of the great economic importance of this pest, many studies and researches have been going on for its control. Currently, different kinds of preventive and curative control measures are being tried. Among these, chemical pesticides have been used for a long time with some measure of success but with serious setbacks (Gupta et al., 2001). These setbacks include; pest resistance and resurgence, residue in food and feed etc. (Iloba and Ekrakene, 2006).
Plants are rich sources of bioactive compound which might act deadly on the insect physiological system (Kim et al., 2003; Daoubi et al., 2005). These bioactive compounds belonging to various categories (alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, proteic amino acids, steroids, phenols, flavonoids, glucosinolates, quinones, terpenoids etc.), which have behavioral and physiological effects on pests have already been identified (Gonzalo, 2009). Many of these plant compounds have also been recognized to be effective as potential health promoters in humans (Khan et al., 2012). They are low in cost, locally available and have proved to be very effective for the control of insect pests (Igbal et al., 2011). Mahdi and Rahman (2008) reported that black gram seeds treated with cloves and black pepper could suppress F1 progeny production in C. maculatus, which might imply ovicidal action of these extracts. Umeozor and Pessu (2003) also found out that when the larvae of C. maculatus bored into grains, it was difficult to control them using P. guineense and D. tripetala extracts because of the contact property of these materials. Adedire and lajide (1999) also reported that Eugenia aromatic powder has significant contact and fumigant action against Callosobruchus maculatus. The mechanism of its action according to the report was by inhibition of oviposition and direct toxicity to adults and eggs (ovicidal). Eugenia aromatic has also been reported to retain insecticidal activity four years after the flower buds were powdered (Ofuya et al., 2002). Lale and Mustapha () found no significant difference in the efficacy of neem seed oil and pirimiphos-methyl in reducing oviposition, adult emergence and seed damage in treated cowpeas by C. maculatus. According to Lale (1995), the oil extract (10.38 mg/cm3) of Syngizium aromaticum (Eugenia aromatica) applied on filter paper showed 70% repellency against T. castaneum. Moreover, Eugenol and Methyl salicylate essential oils isolated from leaf buds of Eugenia aromatica have shown significant toxicity potential against Pediculus capitis (Yang et al., 2003). These reports confirm that there are different compounds in plants possessing different bioactivities. According to Emeasor, 2004 and and Gayatri, 2007, the effectiveness of these plant extracts as protectants are highly dosage dependent. Therefore, evaluating and using botanical pesticides, either as crude or formulated extracts, has proved an alternative strategy of insect pest management. The objective of this study therefore was to compare the effectiveness of two botanicals with a synthetic pesticide as protectants to sun dried Musa chips against T. castaneum.
2. Materials and Methods2.1. Tribolium castaneum Culture
Adult Tribolium castaneum was obtained from stock reared in the Dept of Crop Science Research Laboratory, , Nsukka, in plastic containers (2000ml). These were maintained in wheat flour mixed with brewers yeast (19: 1) at an ambient temperature of 27 - 30°C and relative humidity 75 ± 5%. The Tribolium were sexed as pupa by examining the genital lobe or papillae under a light microscope. At the very end of the pupa are two pointed structures called urogomphi. The genital lobes are two finger-like structures just anterior to the pointed urogomphi. This papillae are much larger, longer and prominent in females while they appear like finger tips in males (Ludovic et al., 2001). Males and females were kept separately until used. The containers were covered with muslin cloth for aeration and to prevent the insects from escaping.2.2. Processing of Chips
Plantain and cooking banana used for this study were procured from markets around Nsukka and processed into chips. The fingers used were collected from the second to fourth hand of a fully mature (Round full maturity stage) but unripe bunch (Baiyeri, 2004). The fingers were washed, peeled and cut into small round pieces under water and sun dried for about one week. The processing was done during the dry season from January to February and the chips stored in air-tight containers at room temperature (27-30°C) and relative humidity (75 ± 5%) until they were used.2.3. Plant Material Collection
Cloves (Eugenia aromatica) and pepper (Piper guineense) used for this study were collected from markets around Nsukka, state and Jos, Plateau state all in . These plant materials selected for this study are common spices used in the preparation of food in . They have also been reported by local people as well as researchers as good for the treatment of various body ailments and lethal to pests. These samples were taken to appropriate taxonomists on collection for proper identification. The plant materials were purchased in dry form and further dried in well ventilated room. They were thereafter milled into fine powder using Thomas Wiley Laboratory mill, Model 4 with 1mm sieve, made by Arthur, H Company, . The plant powders were stored in polyethylene bags and used within 24 hours of milling to avoid loss of potency.2.4. Mortality, Progeny Production and Damage Assessment
Each of these two powdered plant extracts were weighed out at three different rates; 0.5g, 1.0g and 2.0g, equivalent to 2.5%, 5% and10% w/w. Each rate was used to treat 20g chips of each of the three Musa spp (Bluggoe, Agbagba and Obino’l Ewai) in plastic containers. The control experiment was set up as checks in which 20g of each type of Musa chips was treated with 0.50g primiphos methyl dust and another 20 g was untreated. The chips were mixed thoroughly with the powdered extracts and arranged on the laboratory bench using 8 × 3 (8 levels of protectants by 3 levels of chips) factorial in CRD with three replications. Ten adult T. castaneum (1 – 7days old) were introduced, comprising 5 males and 5 females. They were allowed to mate freely and reproduce. The following data were collected; Weight of chips before infestation. Survival counts of beetles on the 7th, 14th and 21st day after infestation. Total no of live adult produced after 91 days of infestation. Weight of powder produced after 91 days of infestation. Weight of chips left after 91 days of infestation.
1) Percentage survival, given by the fomular
2) Percentage weight loss by chips, given by;
3) Rate of damage was calculated by dividing the weight lost by the storage time.3.1. Statistical Analysis
Data obtained were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) using Genstat System for Window Version 8. Differences amongst treatment means were separated using Fishers least significant difference (F-LSD) as outlined by Obi (2002).
4. Results4.1. Mortality of Adult Insects
All the protectants had little or no effect on the mortality of beetle 2 days after treatment except actellic with the highest mortality of 10.93% (Table 1) which was significantly (p < 0.05) higher than other protectants and control. At 7th day after treatment, actellic maintained the highest mortality of 10.36%. This was statistically similar to the mortality caused by 2.0g cloves but differed significantly (p < 0.05) from other protectants. On the 14th day after treatment, mortality of beetles as a result of treatment with various protectants did not differ significantly. However, cloves had the highest mortality (9.39%) and was closely followed by actellic (9.21%). Total mortality after 21 days of treatment was highest in actellic treated chips (14.89%). This was significantly higher than other protectants followed by 2.0g cloves. The least was 0.5g uziza and control each with 7.10% mortality.
Table 1. Mean mortality (%) of adult T. castaneum exposed to various protectantson the 2nd, 7th and 14th day after treatment
Table 2. Main effects of protectants on means of number of adults found, weight of chips left, weight of powder produced, % weight loss and rate of damage of different Musa chips 91 days after infestation
The protectants significantly influenced the number of adults found on chips at the end of the experimental period. Chips treated with 2.0g cloves gave the least number of beetles (7.56) which was statistically similar to the number found in actellic (8.33) (Table 2). Zero treatment on the other hand had significantly (p < 0.05) highest number of beetles compared to all the protectants (12.78). It was however followed by 0.5g cloves (11.44). 2.0g cloves showed the highest protection of the chips as it recorded significantly (p < 0.05) higher weight (19.82g) than other protectants at the end of the experimental period but similar to actellic (19.63g). The least was 0.5g cloves (17.26g). The weight of powder produced had an inverse relationship with the weight of chips left. Admixtures with 0.5g cloves had the highest powder weight (1.06g). It was statistically similar to 0.5g Uziza (0.92g) and 1.0g Uziza (0.84g) but significantly (p < 0.05) higher than other protectants and control. The least powder was produced by 0.2g cloves (0.17g) and this was similar to actellic (0.18g). The mean percentage weight loss of chips as a result of treatment with various protectants showed that 0.5g cloves had significantly (p < 0.05) higher weight loss (13.71%) than other protectants. The least weight loss was recorded by 2.0g cloves (0.90%) which was statistically similar to actellic with 1.83% loss. Rate of damage as expected followed the same trend as the percentage weight loss. Chips treated with 0.5g cloves recorded significantly higher rate of damage than chips treated with other protectants except 5.0g uziza which had similar rate of damage.
There were no significant differences among the chips of different Musa spp in their susceptibility to attack by T. castaneum. This was shown in their statistical similarity in the number of beetle found, weight of chips left, weight of powder produced, percentage weight loss and rate of damage on chips 91days after treatment (Table 3). However, agbagba, had the highest percentage loss of 9.92% and the highest rate of damage (21.81mg/day) while cooking banana recorded the least powder weight (0.60g), sustained the least weight loss (9.09%) and recorded the least rate of damage (19.79mg/day) than other chips even with the highest number of beetles.
Table 3. Main effect of species on means of number of adults found, weight of chips left, weight of powder produced, % weight loss and rate of damage of dried chips 91 days after infestation
The combined effect of protectants and chips type on the number of beetles found was not statistically significant (p > 0.05). All chips types in combination with 0.5g cloves and 0.5g uziza produced almost the same number of adult beetle with the control (Table 4). The least number was recorded by all chips types in combination with 2.0g cloves followed by actellic. The weight loss by chips was also not affected significantly by interaction of chips type and protectants but the trend was same as on the number of beetles found. All chips types in combinations with 0.5g cloves lost the highest weight followed by 0.5g uziza and the weight loss was as much as those of the untreated. All combinations of chips types with 2.0g cloves gave more protection so retained the highest weight. It was followed by actellic. As usual, the interaction effect on the weight of powder produced was inversely related to the weight of chips left. All cases where 0.5g cloves and 0.5g uziza were combined with chips produced the highest powder which was almost equal to that of the control. Similarly, all chips types in combinations with 2.0g cloves and actellic had the lowest powder weight. The percentage weight loss and the rate of damage also followed the same trend as the weight of powder.
Table 4. Interaction effect of protectants by species on means of number of adults found, weight of chips left, weight of powder produced, % weight loss and rate of damage of dried chips 91 days after infestation
The result obtained from this study indicated that Eugenia aromatica (cloves) can be substituted for the synthetic pesticide, primiphos methyl, for the control of T. castaneum infestation on chips. The effect of this plant powder though did not cause significant mortality of the adult beetles, discouraged its population growth by either hindering oviposition or causing egg toxicity. This agrees with the work of Mahdi and Rahman (2008) which reported that black gram seeds treated with cloves and black pepper could suppress F1 progeny production in C. maculatus, which might imply ovicidal action of these extracts. Primiphos methyl had some measure of instantaneous mortality effects on T. castaneum after treatment and this was significantly higher than all the protectants. The toxicity of 2.0 g cloves build up with exposure time while that of primiphos methyl decreased with time. E. aromatica therefore showed longer lasting effects than the synthetic chemical. This agrees with the report of Ofuya et al. (2002) that E. aromatica can retain insecticidal activity for as long as four years after the flower buds were powdered. Generally the various protectants had low direct toxicity on T. castaneum and this agrees with the report of Richards et al. (2008) that many species of T. castaneum at their adult stage are resistant to many insecticides used for its control. The efficacy of these powdered plant extract was based on dosage since lower doses of E. aromatica (0.5g, 1.0g) were not as effective as 2.0g. This corroborates the work of Emeasor (2004) and and Gayatri (2007). E aromatica reduced the emergence of adult beetles from the chips treated with it. This could be attributed to its fumigant activity so it penetrated inside the crevices made on the chips by the pests to destroy the eggs or hindered oviposition of T. castaneum. This finding was in consonance with the observation of Adedire and Lajide (1999) that E. aromatica powder has significant contact and fumigant action against Callosobruchus maculatus and its mechanism of action is by inhibition of oviposition and direct toxicity to eggs (ovicidal). The highest dosage of P. guineense used (2.0g uziza) was not effective in controlling infestation on chips. This could be attributed to its contact effects. A lot of research has reported that P. guineense act as a contact insecticide and so could not control the developmental stages of T. castaneum since eggs are laid inside the chips and the larva and pupal stages remained inside until adults develop. While inside the chips, larvae continue to cause destruction. This is in agreement with the findings of Umeozor and Pessu (2003), that when the larvae of C. maculatus bored into the grains, it was difficult to control them because of contact property of P. guineense and D. tripetala used in their control. Generally, E. aromatica at 2.0g dosage performed better than both P.guineense and the synthetic primiphos methyl against T. castaneum in Musa chips storage though the difference in the efficacy of E. aromatica and primiphos methyl was not statistically significant. This result showed that botanical extracts can be as effective as synthetic pesticides in chips control. This also agrees with the report of Lale and Mustapha () who found no significant difference in the efficacy of neem seed oil and pirimiphos-methyl in reducing oviposition, adult emergence and seed damage in treated cowpeas by C. maculatus.
6. Conclusion and Recommendation
The results obtained from this work confirmed that botanical extracts can be as effective as synthetic primiphos methyl in chips storage. This was seen clearly as E. aromatica compared favourably with primiphos methyl in chips protection from T. castaneum attack. E. aromatica is therefore recommended for chips storage since its fumigant activities can penetrate the crevices made by the pests on chips to affect the hiding stages. However further research should be encouraged to standardise dosage and find out methods of extraction of the active ingredients so that it could possibly be produced in the industries for easier accessibility to farmers and store keepers. These will help to encourage wider adoption and use, avoid wastage and encourage greater economy of use.
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