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Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Vol. 121 (3), 2016, Pages: 299–302

Utilization of biodiesel by-products for mosquito control

Megha Pant, Satyawati Sharma, Saurabh Dubey, Satya Narayan Naik, Phool Kumar Patanjali

Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), 110016 Delhi, India.


The current paper has elaborated the efficient utilization of non-edible oil seed cakes (NEOC), by-products of the bio-diesel extraction process to develop a herbal and novel mosquitocidal composition against the Aedes aegypti larvae. The composition consisted of botanical active ingredients, inerts, burning agents and preservatives; where the botanical active ingredients were karanja (Pongamia glabra) cake powder and jatropha (Jatropha curcas) cake powder, products left after the extraction of oil from karanja and jatropha seed. The percentage mortality value recorded for the combination with concentration, karanja cake powder (20%) and jatropha cake powder (20%), 1:1 was 96%. The coil formulations developed from these biodiesel by-products are of low cost, environmentally friendly and are less toxic than the synthetic active ingredients.

Keywords: Biodiesel; By-products; Biopesticides; Phorbol esters; Mosquito-coil; Karanja; Jatropha; Aedes aegypti; Knockdown.

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