Effects of different insecticides on the antioxidative defense system of the European Corn Borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) larvae


  • Filip Franeta Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, 21000 Novi Sad
  • Dejan Mirčić State University of Novi Pazar, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Vuka Karadžića bb, 36300 Novi Pazar http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3499-1597
  • Dajana Todorović Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković”, University of Belgrade, 142 Bulevar despota Stefana, 11060 Belgrade http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1796-9312
  • Željko Milovac Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, 21000 Novi Sad
  • Nihat Granica State University of Novi Pazar, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Vuka Karadžića bb, 36300 Novi Pazar
  • Saša Obradović State University of Novi Pazar, Department of Chemical and Technological Sciences, Vuka Karadžića bb, 36300 Novi Pazar
  • Vesna Perić Mataruga Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković”, University of Belgrade, 142 Bulevar despota Stefana, 11060 Belgrade http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2899-7418


indoxacarb, chlorantraniliprole, lambda cyhalothrin, Ostrinia nubilalis larvae, oxidative stress


Paper description:

  • Ostrinia nubilalis is one of the most damaging insect pests of maize with a significant impact on crop production.
  • Measuring the differences in the effects of the insecticides on the antioxidative system helps in predicting the speed of insect adaptation to insecticide doses, which allows for timely substitution of the applied insecticides.
  • This is the first examination of the effects of indoxacarb, chlorantraniliprole and the combination of chlorantranilprole and lambda cyhalothrin on the antioxidative system in a sample population of O. nubilalis from Serbia.

Abstract: The European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) is one of the most important insect pests of maize, and has a significant impact on the production of this crop. In this work, we examined the effects of different insecticides on the antioxidative defense system of O. nubilalis larvae. The experimental setup consisted of a completely randomized block design with 4 replicates. Four experimental groups were formed as follows: control (C), indoxacarb (250 mL ha-1), chlorantraniliprole (100 mL ha-1) and the chlorantraniliprole+lambda cyhalothrin (200 mL ha-1) group. Larvae from maize stems were collected 20 days after insecticide application and the whole larvae were homogenized. The activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GR) and glutathione S-transferase (GST), and the total amount of free SH groups were assessed. Comparison of the experimental groups showed that indoxacarb significantly affected the activities of GST, GPx and the total amount of free SH groups, while chlorantraniliprole significantly affected the activities of SOD, CAT, GST and the total amount of free SH groups, while chlorantraniliprole+lambda cyhalothrin significantly affected the activities of CAT, GST and the total amount of free SH groups. The results show that exposure to insecticides considerably affects the antioxidative defense components of the European corn borer larvae, especially chlorantraniliprole (T2).


Received: July 1, 2018; Revised: September 1, 2018; Accepted: September 10, 2018; Published online: October 2, 2018

How to cite this article: Franeta F, Mirčić D, Todorović D, Milovac Ž, Granica N, Obradović S, Perić-Mataruga V. Effects of different insecticides on the antioxidative defense system of the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) larvae. Arch Biol Sci. 2018;70(4):765-73.


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Franeta F, Mirčić D, Todorović D, Milovac Željko, Granica N, Obradović S, Perić Mataruga V. Effects of different insecticides on the antioxidative defense system of the European Corn Borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) larvae. Arch Biol Sci [Internet]. 2018Dec.4 [cited 2024May23];70(4):765-73. Available from: https://www.serbiosoc.org.rs/arch/index.php/abs/article/view/3128




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