Rhynchophorus ferrugineus or red palm weevil (RPW) is a destructive insect pest of major cultivated palms such as coconut, date and oil palm. One of the control management of RPW is trunk injection using monocrotophos or methamidophos, but these chemicals are found to affect ecosystems and human health. Thus, in the present study, the authors aimed to determine a bio-pesticide to replace these synthetic chemicals. The antifeedant activity of three eugenol-based compounds were tested as potential control agent against RPW larvae in vitro condition for two weeks. All these compounds show significant effect as feeding deterrent agent on 4th instar larvae, while WN16 (4-allyl-2-methoxy-1-(4-trifluoromethyl-benzyloxy)-benzene) shows the highest feeding deterrent index (FDI = 64.42%). Here the data regarding the biological aspect on treated RPW larvae as well as antifeedant activity index of these eugenol derived compounds is presented.
Authors: Yan TK, Asari A, Abdullah S, Ismail M, Azmi WA.
; Full Source: Data Brief. 2019 Jul 8; 25:104227. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.104227. eCollection 2019 Aug.