Assessment of toxicity on the basis of total phenolic content in oleander leaves (Nerium oleander L.) against Myzus persicae (Sulzer, 1776) (Hemiptera: Aphididae)


  • Billal NIA Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Mohamed Khider University of Biskra, Algeria / Scientific and technical research in arid regions (CRSTRA), Biskra, Algeria
  • Naama FRAH Department of Agronomy, Institute of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Hadj Lakhdar University of Batna, Algeria.
  • Adel LEKBIR Food Science Laboratory, Department of Food Technology, Institute of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Hadj Lakhdar University of Batna, Algeria.
  • Khadidja BENHMED Scientific and technical research in arid regions (CRSTRA), Biskra, Algeria.



Nerium oleander, Myzus persicae, insecticidal effect, total phenolic content


Nerium oleander is an evergreen flowering shrub or small tree distributed widely in the Mediterranean region. It is also a source of polyphenols and cardenolides ?? with insecticidal effect which could be a safe alternative of chemical control of insect pests. In the present work, five concentrations (0 %, 1 %, 2.5 %, 5 %, and 10 %) of ethanolic extract from Nerium oleander leaves were evaluated for its insecticidal effect against 3 to 4 days old Myzus persicae individuals under laboratory conditions. Obtained results showed a significant insecticidal effect with 70 % of mortality at the highest concentration (10 %). Total phenolic content of leaf ethanolic extract of this plant was 1721.36 mg gallic acid equivalent 100 g-1 dry matter. The results obtained suggest that we could make bioinsecticides based on leaves ethanolic extracts from N. oleander which rich in polyphenols for use eventually in integrated pest management.


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NIA, B., FRAH, N., LEKBIR, A., & BENHMED, K. (2018). Assessment of toxicity on the basis of total phenolic content in oleander leaves (Nerium oleander L.) against Myzus persicae (Sulzer, 1776) (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 111(2), 265–270.

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