, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 700–707 | Cite as

In vivo evaluation of antiparasitic activity of plant extracts on Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia)

  • Martín Pablo Porrini
  • Natalia Jorgelina Fernández
  • Paula Melisa Garrido
  • Liesel Brenda Gende
  • Sandra Karina Medici
  • Martín Javier Eguaras
Original article


This study evaluated the activity of plant extracts on Nosema ceranae development and their toxicity on the infected host Apis mellifera. Newly emerged bees were fed ad libitum with enriched syrups after individual infection. Diets consisted of ethanolic extracts obtained from Artemisia absinthium, Allium sativum, Laurus nobilis, and Ilex paraguariensis diluted in syrup at 1% and 10% concentrations. Examination of individual midgut homogenates on day 19 post-infection indicated that 1% concentration of L. nobilis extract significantly inhibited N. ceranae development. Absinth extract, previously reported as effective against Nosema apis, did not diminish the number of N. ceranae spores throughout the experiment. Ten percent concentrations showed high toxicity on infected bees, but also a significant activity diminishing parasitosis development in short periods. Syrups with the addition of extracts were consumed avidly as the control, even more in some cases. The present study constitutes the first report of antiparasitic activity in vivo of plant extracts against the Microsporidian N. ceranae and postulate natural substances as an alternative for antiparasitic treatment.


Apis mellifera Nosema ceranae plant extract antiparasitic treatment 



The authors wish to thank CONICET, UNMdP. This research was supported by ANPCyT (FONCyT), project PICT 890/06, to M.E. We thank the support provided by the 426 Animal Production Department, EEA INTA, Balcarce, the Fares Taie Laboratories Food Division and the contribution made by Enrique Tkacik.

Evaluation in vivo de l'activité anti-parasitaire d'extraits de plantes sur Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia)

Apis mellifera / Nosema ceranae / extrait de plante / traitement anti-parasitaire

Eine in vivo Methode zur Beurteilung der antiparasitischen Wirkung von Pflanzenextrakten gegen Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia)

Apis mellifera / Nosema ceranae / Pflanzenextrakt / antiparasitische Behandlung


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martín Pablo Porrini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Natalia Jorgelina Fernández
    • 1
    • 3
  • Paula Melisa Garrido
    • 1
    • 3
  • Liesel Brenda Gende
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sandra Karina Medici
    • 1
    • 3
  • Martín Javier Eguaras
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Arthropods Laboratory, School of Exact and Natural SciencesNational University of Mar del PlataFunesArgentina
  2. 2.Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y TécnológicaBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Consejo Nacional de Investigaciónes Científicas y TécnicasBuenos AiresArgentina

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