Affiliation: Jimma University
Location: Jimma, Ethiopia
Karunamoorthi K, Ilango K, Murugan K. Laboratory evaluation of traditionally used plant-based insect repellent against the malaria vector Anopheles arabiensis Patton (Diptera: Culicidae). Parasitol Res. 2010;106:1217-23 pubmed publisher
..At the end of the day, traditionally used plant-based insect repellents could be viable safer alternative sources for chemical insect repellents. ..
Karunamoorthi K, Mulelam A, Wassie F. Laboratory evaluation of traditional insect/mosquito repellent plants against Anopheles arabiensis, the predominant malaria vector in Ethiopia. Parasitol Res. 2008;103:529-34 pubmed publisher
..Since people have been using these plants for some medicinal purposes, no side effects have been found. ..
Karunamoorthi K, Ilango K. Larvicidal activity of Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf. and Croton macrostachyus Del. against Anopheles arabiensis Patton, a potent malaria vector. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010;14:57-62 pubmed
..However, their mode of actions and larvicidal efficiency under the field conditions should be scrutinized and determined in the near future...
Karunamoorthi K, Ramanujam S, Rathinasamy R. Evaluation of leaf extracts of Vitex negundo L. (Family: Verbenaceae) against larvae of Culex tritaeniorhynchus and repellent activity on adult vector mosquitoes. Parasitol Res. 2008;103:545-50 pubmed publisher
..negundo leaf extract served as a potential larvicidal agent against Japanese encephalitis vector C. tritaeniorhynchus and additionally acted as a promising repellent against various adult vector mosquitoes...
Karunamoorthi K, Mulelam A, Wassie F. Assessment of knowledge and usage custom of traditional insect/mosquito repellent plants in Addis Zemen Town, South Gonder, North Western Ethiopia. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009;121:49-53 pubmed publisher
..Besides, they are not toxic like existing modern synthetic chemical repellents. Therefore, the traditional use of repellent plants should be encouraged and promoted among the local community. ..
Karunamoorthi K, Bishaw D, Mulat T. Laboratory evaluation of Ethiopian local plant Phytolacca dodecandra extract for its toxicity effectiveness against aquatic macroinvertebrates. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2008;12:381-6 pubmed
..Therefore, at this moment preserving the aquatic ecosystem is extremely essential and inevitable...
Karunamoorthi K, Ilango K, Endale A. Ethnobotanical survey of knowledge and usage custom of traditional insect/mosquito repellent plants among the Ethiopian Oromo ethnic group. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009;125:224-9 pubmed publisher
..Furthermore, they are easily available, accessible and affordable therefore usage of traditional repellent plants should be promoted among the local residents in order to reduce vector-borne disease prevalence. ..
Karunamoorthi K, Bishaw D, Mulat T. Toxic effects of traditional Ethiopian fish poisoning plant Milletia ferruginea (Hochst) seed extract on aquatic macroinvertebrates. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2009;13:179-85 pubmed
..Furthermore, providing alternative ecofriendly techniques for fish harvesting may possibly bring constructive out come in the near future...
Karunamoorthi K, Sabesan S. Laboratory evaluation of dimethyl phthalate treated wristbands against three predominant mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) vectors of disease. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010;14:443-8 pubmed
..Therefore, it could serve as a potential as means of personal protection device against insect nuisance biting and insect-borne disease when and where other kinds of personal protection measures are impossible and impracticable. ..