Entomotoxic effect of silica nanoparticles against Sitophilus oryzae (L.)


Fumigants and residual insecticides are commonly used to combat stored grain pests. In recent years, consumer awareness of the health hazard from residual toxicity and the growing problem of insect resistance to these conventional insecticides have led the researchers to look for alternative strategies for stored grains protection. For example, diatomaceous earth (DE) can be effective against stored grain insects. In this study, DE was used to design amorphous nano sized hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and lipophilic silica in 15–30 nm size range. Nanocides are expected to reduce the volume of application and kinetics of development of resistance in pests. We hypothesized that surface-functionalized silica nanoparticle (SNP) might be a viable alternative to conventional pesticides. Entomotoxicity of SNP was tested against rice weevil Sitophilus oryzae and its efficacy was compared with bulk-sized silica (individual particles larger than 1 μm). Amorphous SNP was found to be highly effective against this insect pest causing more than 90% mortality, indicating the effectiveness of SNP to control insect pests.

DOI: 10.1007/s10340-010-0332-3

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@article{Debnath2010EntomotoxicEO, title={Entomotoxic effect of silica nanoparticles against Sitophilus oryzae (L.)}, author={Nitai Debnath and Sumistha Das and Dipankar Seth and Ramesh Chandra and Somesh Ch. Bhattacharya and Arunava Goswami}, journal={Journal of Pest Science}, year={2010}, volume={84}, pages={99-105} }