Dept. of Health Research Govt. of India
World Health Organization
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Name of the Project Screening and isolation of potential mosquito larvicide’s from bacteria, fungi and flora of mangrove ecosystem in South India
Principal Investigator Dr. Alex Eapen
Co-Principal Investigator(s) Dr. Joseph K. David,
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Collaboration / Participating Centers NIMR, Field unit , Chennai
NIE, Chennai
Funding Agency / Sponsor Defence Research & Development Establishment, Jhansi Road, Gwalior- 474002
Budget Rs. 9,95,000
Study Period Two Years
Objectives To screen the microflora viz., bacteria, fungi of mangrove ecosystem and isolate potential microbial larvicides, wherever possible.
To identify, select, and evaluate the larvicidal, ovicidal, ovipositional and repellent properties of a few selected mangrove flora.
To transfer the research finding to the program managers for field evaluation of the potential compounds against vector mosquitoes.
Description The research finding on the potential mosquito larvicides from micro flora and plant derived larvicides from mangrove flora would be useful in mosquito/vector control programme since most of the conventional insecticides are resistant and huge economic burden to the country.  The ovicidal and ovipositional properties of the plant extracts if any, could act as an efficient tool in surveillance and chalking out strategies to control vector mosquitoes. Besides, the repellent properties of the floral extracts if any, would be helpful in  identifying cost effective eco-friendly repellent  which are safe to the human use.
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