Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 369–374 | Cite as

Effect of four chlorophytes on larval survival, development and adult body size of the mosquito Aedes aegypti

  • Rohani Ahmad
  • Wan-Loy Chu
  • Han-Lim Lee
  • Siew-Moi Phang


The effect of four microalgal chlorophytes, Chlorella vulgaris,Scenedesmus quadricauda, Chlorococcum sp. and Ankistrodesmus convolutus, on the survival, larval development and adultbody size of the mosquito Aedes aegypti was investigated. The percentage mortality of larvae fed with C. vulgaris, Chlorococcum sp.or S. quadricauda after six days was 100%, 84% and 88%,respectively. Delayed pupation and body size reduction of the mosquitoesfed with C. vulgaris, Chlorococcum sp. and S. quadricaudawere observed. In contrast, larvae fed with A. convolutus werebigger than those fed with normal insectory feed. The study showed thatC. vulgaris, S. quadricauda and Chlorococcum sp. have potentialto be used as larvicidal agents.

Aedes aegypti Ankistrodesmus Chlorella Chlorococcum chlorophyte larvicide microalgae mosquito Scenedesmus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rohani Ahmad
    • 1
  • Wan-Loy Chu
    • 2
  • Han-Lim Lee
    • 1
  • Siew-Moi Phang
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Medical EntomologyInstitute for Medical ResearchJalan Pahang, Kuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.International Medical UniversitySri Petaling, Kuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Institute of Biological SciencesUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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