Nirmali Saikia

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β-Cyfluthrin [α-cyano-4-fluoro-3-phenoxybenzyl-3(2,2-dichlorovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane carboxylate] pesticide has been in agricultural use in the recent years for controlling Lepidopteran pests affecting solanaceous crops. The extensive use of synthetic pyrethroids like β-cyfluthrin has resulted in wide spread environmental contamination. The purpose(More)
Five fungal species, namely, Trichoderma viride strain 5-2, T. viride strain 2211, Aspergillus niger, A. terricola, and Phanerochaete chrysoporium were screened for degradation study of beta-cyfluthrin. Each fungal species was allowed to grow in Czapek dox medium containing beta-cyfluthrin (5 mg/mL) as the major carbon source of the medium. The highest(More)
We recorded the in vivo emission and time-resolved spectra of the firefly Luciola praeusta Kiesenwetter 1874 (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae). The emission spectrum shows that the full width at half maximum (FWHM) value for this particular species is 55 nm, which is significantly narrower than the in vivo half-widths reported till now. The time-resolved(More)
Twenty four children's toys and child care articles available in the local market of India were analyzed for eight phthalates as children toys are plasticized with phthalates. All toy samples showed the presence of one or more phthalates including di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (96% of the samples), di-iso-nonyl phthalate and di-iso-decyl phthalate (42% of the(More)
Dissipation of dithiopyr in soil was monitored after application to wheat crop as pre- or post-emergence applications at two rates, viz 100 and 200 g AI ha(-1). The level of dithiopyr in the soil was assessed by gas chromatography, and its disappearence was found to follow a first-order decay curve irrespective of rate or method of application. The(More)
A gas chromatographic method has been developed for a new pyridine herbicide, dithiopyr, utilising an electron capture detector. The method makes use of a column (10 m x 0.534 mm I.D.; 1 microm film thickness) containing HP-1 with nitrogen as a carrier gas at a flow rate of 15 ml min(-1) at temperatures of 190, 210, 270 degrees C for oven, injector port and(More)
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