Body mass and cuticular transpiration of the pulmonate slug Milax rusticus treated with spinach homogenate filtrate.

Original article


Nair GA 1, El-Ammari Nel-A 2, Bushaiba SS 2

1-Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram-695 581, India. 2-Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Garyounis, Post Box: 9480, Benghazi, Libya

J Environ Biol. 2006 Jul;27(3):607-8.


The effects of four concentrations (25, 50, 75, 100%) of spinach homogenate filtrate over a period of 96 hours on the body mass and transpiration rates of the pulmonate slug Milax rusticus, a crop pest found in Benghazi, Libya, are reported. A decrease in body mass and transpiration rate in filtrate treated slug over time was evident and the differences in these factors between control and treated slug were significant (p < 0.01). Tendencies for regaining lost weight and increase in transpiration were observed in the filtrate treated slugs during their seven days of recovery period in normal conditions. Application of spinach homogenate filtrate as a possible contact slugicide of M. rusticus is suggested. Keywords: Milax rusticus, Spinach homogenate filtrate, Body mass, Transpiration rate. Link/DOI: