DETERMINATION OF GREEN MOSS (Bryophyta) EXTRACT AS A BIO-INSECTICIDE TO DRYWOOD TERMITES (Cryptotermes Cavifrons) COMPARED TO COMMERCIALIZED INSECTICIDE
Author/ Researcher: Ocampo, Clarenz Polo B.
The research deals with the production of a bio-insecticide from the extract of a Green Moss. The green moss bio-insecticide was extracted by means of pounding and squeezing. The insecticide was tested by the researcher by applying it to 10 termites in three trials with three different concentration. The first setup was applied with the 100% moss extract, the second setup with the 50%, the third setup with the 25% concentration gradient of the moss extract. The last setup was applied with commercialized insecticide. With the given results that were computed from the gathered data, the researcher conclude that the alternative hypothesis, which states that the green moss extract would be an effective bio-insecticide on dry wood termites versus the commercialized insecticide by means of their mortality, is accepted the reason given that the F value is higher than the degrees of freedom.
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
If the green moss extract, compared to commercialized insecticide, would be an effective insecticide against drywood termites. Termite, common name for numerous species of social insects that can damage wooden structures, such as furniture or houses, or other materials containing cellulose while other species obtain a special fluid secreted by beetles. Control is obtained also by using wood treated with creosote or some other poisonous chemical. Because most worker termites cannot live without moisture, the termitaries should be exposed to dry air. Insecticides induced to termites are of the following: The soil where a structure is standing would be treated with an insecticide to discourage termite incursions; wooden parts of a structure would be treated with creotose or some other poisonous chemical for control thus making the termites live outside the wood but the workers cannot live without moisture, thus being exposed to dry air. Commercialized insecticides are very harmful not only for the common health of the insects but also for humans and the environment. Unstable chemicals that kill other lives will most potentially kill others. In conclusion, commercialized insecticides which contains harmful chemicals are widely ranged in the country but must not be thus having the study. Moss is used in this study as an insecticide to drywood termites due to the Bryophyta's isolated location; moist, wet, and out of reach. Green moss is not contacted by termites, thus the idea of making idea of making the Bryophyta to be an insecticide. General Statement of the Problem
The problems of the research are the following: The possibility of the green moss extract to be a potential insecticide to drywood termites; the comparison of the green moss extract as an insecticide and the commercialized insecticide to its effectiveness over drywood termites. Specific Questions
1.Is there a significant difference between the different proportions of the green moss extract and commercialized insecticide in terms of killing termites? 2. Will there be a high mortality rate on the termites when the green moss extract is used. Statement of the Hypotheses
The null hypothesis of this study is that the Green moss extract would not be an effective insecticide over drywood termites versus the commercialized insecticide by means of mortality while its alternative hypothesis is that the Green moss extract would be an effective insecticide on drywood termites versus the commercialized insecticide by means of mortality. Significance of the Study
The aim of the study is to use the abundance of green moss extract in the research's location for use as a alternative for a insecticide over commercialized products due to its chemical value. And also, to find what substance does the green moss extract contain which has...
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