Parasitology Research

, Volume 101, Issue 6, pp 1721–1723 | Cite as

Differential larvicidal efficacy of four species of Vitex against Culex quinquefasciatus larvae

  • Krishnan Kannathasan
  • Annadurai Senthilkumar
  • Manivachagam Chandrasekaran
  • Venugopalan Venkatesalu
Short Communication


The early fourth instar larvae of Culex quinquefasciatus, reared in the laboratory were used for larvicidal assay with leaf extracts of Vitex negundo, Vitex trifolia, Vitex peduncularis and Vitex altissima. The methanol extracts of the four species possessed varying levels of larvicidal nature. The highest larvicidal activity was found with the extract of V. trifolia (LC50 = 41.41 ppm) followed by V. peduncularis (LC50 = 76.28 ppm), V. altissima (LC50 = 128.04 ppm) and V. negundo (LC50 = 212.57 ppm).


Leaf Extract Lymphatic Filariasis Larvicidal Activity Filariasis Mosquito Repellent 
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The authors grateful to Dr. R. Panneerselvam, Professor and Head, Department of Botany for having provided the laboratory facility for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishnan Kannathasan
    • 1
  • Annadurai Senthilkumar
    • 1
  • Manivachagam Chandrasekaran
    • 1
  • Venugopalan Venkatesalu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyAnnamalai UniversityAnnamalai NagarIndia

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