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Acaricidal activity of Calea serrata (Asteraceae) on Boophilus microplus and Rhipicephalus sanguineus
- Ribeiro, Vera Lucia Sardá, Avancini, Cesar, Gonçalves, Karla, Toigo, Eduardo, von Poser, Gilsane
- Veterinary parasitology 2008 v.151 no.2-4 pp. 351-354
- Boophilus microplus, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, ticks, Asteraceae, acaricidal properties, pesticidal plants, plant extracts, aerial parts, ova, egg hatchability, oviposition, mortality, larvae, species differences, Brazil
- Calea serrata (Asteraceae) is an endemic Southern Brazilian plant species used for religious and medicinal purposes. Previous study revealed the presence of chromenes, a class of natural compounds that possess insecticidal properties. This study reports the effect of the hexane extract from the aerial parts of this plant on egg hatchability, egg production and mortality rates of newly hatched larvae of the cattle tick Boophilus microplus. Larvae of Rhipicephalus sanguineus, the brown dog tick, received the same treatment. The extract was toxic to the eggs of B. microplus and to the larvae of both B. microplus and R. sanguineus.