AJ Life Sci. 2021, 4 (2): 40-45

Screening of Strobilanthes urticifolia Wall.ex Kuntze for Antitermite and Insecticidal Activities

Arshad Farid 1* , Salmah Ismail 2 , Roomah Javed 1 , Maria Hayat 1 , Muhammad Muzammal 1 , Muhammad Hashim Khan 1 and Sheikh Abdur Rashid 3

1 Center of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, KPK, Pakistan

2 Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

3 3Faculty of Pharmacy, Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, KPK, Pakistan


Leaves, stem, roots and flowers of this plant were extracted with methanol and fractionated with different solvents i.e., n-Hexane, Chloroform and Ethyl acetate. Screening of the individual extract and fractions showed that Strobilanthes urticifolia Wall.ex Kuntze has significant effects against termite and different insects. The extract and their fractions were evaluated against Odontotermes obesus, the test termite. Between the tested extracts, crude methanolic extract (CME) displayed the highest anti-termite potential (100% mortality on day 2) while aqueous fraction showed the lowest mortality rate (64% on day 3). CME and individual fractions were also tested against various insects. CME showed highest result (80%) in terms of mortality against Tribolium castenum, while n-hexane fraction showed moderate result (60%) in terms of mortality against Callosbrachus analis and all other fractions have no or low activity against tested insects. The results obtained from the experiments suggested the potential of Strobilanthes urticifolia in the control of termite and insects.

Keywords: Strobilanthes urticifolia Wall.ex Kuntze, antitermite, insecticidal, CME, Fractions.




December 21, 2021

Received Revised

December 26, 2021


December 26, 2021

Available Online

December 31, 2021

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Abasyn Journal of Life Sciences , ISSN (online): 2663-1040, Published by Abasyn University