About the Practice

Tender young saplings in kitchen garden need support in the initial stages to grow. Farmers use bamboo strips to support the saplings. Termite attacks are a usual problem in sandy regions. Termite attack bamboo strips first and then damage the young saplings.Amrutbhai Patel of the Mehsana district in Gujarat successfully experimented with oil waste for controlling the termite. Patel brought the waste oil from the oil wells of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) situated near Gram Bharati, Amrapur and applied on the bamboo strips before using them as supports. Since then, there has been no termite attack in his kitchen garden.Apply the waste oil from oil wells on the bamboo strips used to support the saplings in the kitchen garden.

About the Innovator

Knowledge Provider / Innovator: Amrutbhai Patel
Agro-Ecological Zone: Agricultural Research Station, Ladol
Address: Gram Bharati Vidhyapith Amrapur Mehsana
District: Mehsana
State: Gujarat
PIN Code 382840

Practice Details

Formulation: Liquid Oil
Ingredients: Waste oil from oil wells

PAS 1:

"Vetiver oil decreased termite tunneling activity at concentrations as low as 5 μg/g sand. Tunneling and paper consumption were not observed when vetiver oil concentrations were higher than 25 μg/g sand. Bioactivity of the 8 oils against termites and chemical volatility were inversely associated. Listed in decreasing order of volatility, the major constituents of the 8 oils
were: eucalyptol, citronellal, citral, citronellol, cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, thujopsene, and both α- and β- vetivone. Vetiver oil is a promising novel termiticide with reduced environmental impact for use against subterranean termites. [Zhu, B.C.R., Henderson, G., Chen, F. et al. Evaluation of Vetiver Oil and Seven Insect-Active Essential Oils Against the Formosan Subterranean Termite. J ChemEcol 27, 1617–1625 (2001).

PAS 2:

"The potential effects of plant derived oils on survival of dampwood termite (Zootermopsis angusticollis) workers was explored on western white pine sapwood blocks. All of the oils rapidly affected protozoa in the hindgut of termite workers and protozoa loss was closely followed by worker mortality. The effects were most rapid with wood treated with Neem, Eucalyptus or Jatropha oils, but mortality also occurred within 7 days with workers exposed to blocks treated with Jojoba or linseed oil. The results illustrate the relatively high sensitivity of dampwood termites to these types of treatment and suggest the potential for natural product control of this termite species. [Ability of plant-derived oils to inhibit dampwood termite (Zootermopsisaugusticollis) activity Rushda Fatima, Jeffrey J. Morrell]"

GIAN Reference: GIAN/UAL/524 - Practice ID: KNW0010000001142

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