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Journal of Experimental Agriculture International

Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, ..,Vol.: 14, Issue.: 5


Original Research Article


Efficacy of Ethanolic Leaf Extract of Chromolaena odurata in Controlling Sitophilus zeamais in Stored Maize



Ibrahim Yussif Jnr1*, Amenga Denis Abugri2 and J. V. K. Afun3

1Tamale Polytechnic, P.O.Box 3E/R, Tamale, N/R, Ghana.

2Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Nkoranza, B/A, Ghana.

3Department of Crops and Soil Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, A/R, Ghana.




Sitophilus zeamais Motschulsky is among the important pests which attack stored maize. It is listed in addition to Prostephanus truncatus as the two most damaging species of maize in West Africa. In Ghana about 15% of maize grains harvested is lost to S. zeamais. A laboratory study was conducted at the Entomology laboratory of the Faculty of Agriculture of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, to determine the efficacy of Chromolaena odorata (L) R. M. King and H. Robintson ethanolic leaf extract for Sitophilus zeamais control. The bioactivity of these extracts was assessed under average laboratory conditions of 26°C and relative humidity of 80%. The leaf extract at four dosage levels (0.0, 2.5, 5.0 and 10.0 ml) were mixed with 50 g of disinfested MAMABA maize variety in 750 ml plastic containers and the effect on insect mortality, progeny production and grain damage were assessed. The repellent action of these extracts at 0.0, 5.0, 10.0, 20.0 ml on Sitophilus zeamais was also evaluated. The leaf extract showed significant difference between 10.0 and 5.0 ml on one hand and 2.5 and control on the other hand. The 10.0 ml that recorded the highest mortality could inflict only as low as 8.75% after 7 days. The maize grain treated with the various dosage levels of the leaf extract showed much promise by significantly reducing the number of progeny produced by S. zeamais as compared with the control. Grain weight loss in leaf extract treated grains was dose dependent ranging from 3.51% in the highest dose to 11.34% in the control with significant differences. The leaf extracts was not repellent to the weevil.

The correlation between grain weight loss and progeny production was very strongly positively correlated in the leaf extract effect.


Keywords :

Storage pest; Sitophilus; maize; leaf extracts.


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