International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 9 (2013) pp. 74-78
Effect of pesticides on the reproductive performance and longevity of Bombyx mori
P.Kumutha1 , C.Padmalatha2 *, K.Chairman3 , A.J.A.Ranjit Singh3
1Department of Zoology, Govindammal Aditanar College for Women, Tiruchendur, Tamilnadu, India 2Department of Zoology, M.V.M. Govt. Arts and Science College for Women, Dindugal, Tamilnadu, India 3Department of Zoology, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkuchi, Tirunelveli, Tamilnaudu, India *Corresponding author e-mail:
Environmental pollutants, like pesticides had been found to be destructive on different aspects of life. Silkworm, as beneficial insects are no exception. Due to this many problems had appeared in sericulture as a result of the pesticide application to cultivations, especially when mulberry trees grow next to cultivated plants. Most pesticides with different mode of action, affected insect reproduction even in minute doses. With this concern in the present study was designed to find out the toxicity of two pesticides, Dichlorovos and Vijay neem were evaluated using standard procedures. The present study revealed that the adults emerged from silkworm larvae fed with pesticides treated leaves provided less number of eggs, less number of hatched eggs compared to control
Dichlorovos; Neem Pesticide; Silkworm; Environmental pollutants.