Parasitology Research

, Volume 109, Issue 4, pp 1179–1187 | Cite as

Prodigiosin produced by Serratia marcescens NMCC46 as a mosquito larvicidal agent against Aedes aegypti and Anopheles stephensi

  • Chandrashekhar D. Patil
  • Satish V. Patil
  • Bipinchandra K. Salunke
  • Rahul B. Salunkhe
Original Paper


Microbial control agents offer alternatives to chemical pest control as they can be more selective than chemical insecticides. The present study evaluates the mosquito larvicidal potential of microbial pigment prodigiosin produced by Serratia marcescens NMCC46 against Aedes aegypti and Anopheles stephensi. The pigment of S. marcescens NMCC46 was extracted after 24 h from mannitol containing nutrient broth media. The effects of crude extracted pigment on the growth, survival, development, and other life cycle aspects were studied. The LC50 and LC90 values of second, third, and fourth instars of A. aegypti (LC50 = 41.65, 139.51, 103.95; LC90 = 117.81, 213.68, 367.82) and A. stephensi (LC50 = 51.12, 105.52, 133.07; LC90 = 134.81, 204.45, 285.35) were determined. At higher concentration (500 ppm), mortality starts within first 6 h of exposure. More than 50% mortality occurs within the first 24 h. The overall observed effects against A. aegypti and A. stephensi larvae after 48 h were increasing percent survival larvae, survival pupation, adult emergence with decreasing crude pigment extract concentration. These ensure that the resultant mosquito population reduction is substantial even where the larvicidal potential is minimal. The UV (λ max = 536 nm), TLC (Rf = 0.9), HPLC, and FTIR analysis of crude pigment shows the presence of prodigiosin as active compound. Thus, the active compound produced by this species would be more useful against vectors responsible for diseases of public health importance. This is the first report on mosquito larvicidal activity of prodigiosin produced by Serratia species.


Chlorpyrifos Serratia Marcescens Larvicidal Activity Fourth Instar Prodigiosin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chandrashekhar D. Patil
    • 1
  • Satish V. Patil
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bipinchandra K. Salunke
    • 1
  • Rahul B. Salunkhe
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesNorth Maharashtra UniversityJalgaonIndia
  2. 2.North Maharashtra Microbial Culture Collection Centre (NMCC)North Maharashtra UniversityJalgaonIndia

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