EVALUATION OF PLANT EXTRACTS FOR ANTIFEEDANT ACTIVITY AGAINST GAINT AFRICAN SNAIL, Achatina fulica Bowdich
The gaint African snail, Achatina ﬁulica Bowdich (Gastropoda ; Achatinidae) causes considerable harm to several horticultural crops especially during rainy season (Srivastava and Abbas, 1983). It damages commercial ornamental crops viz., orchids, gerbera, chrysanthemum, china aster, marigold, etc., by feeding on growing buds, flowers and cutting of young plants. Management of snails has become difficult because of the limited approaches available for control. Use of metaldehyde 5% pellets (Sharma and Agarwal, 1989), collection and destruction of the pest during aestivation, removal of hiding places and sprinkling of common salt (Shah, 1992) are the methods presently practiced to combat this pest problem. Information available regarding the effect of plant products against snails is very meagre
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