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Insect repellent potential of ginger (Zingiber officinale) extract against ants (Formicidae).


Joshua Jerome B. Casiño,
Wisa Kritalukkul,
Jess Marvin G. Sanciangco,
Maryneil B. Sy,
Seo Jin Yang,
Emmanuel A. Pardinan

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College of Arts and Sciences – Department of Biology - Cebu Doctors' University

Publication Information

Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Publication Date
October 2017


   The study was aimed to show the repellent potential of ginger (Zingiber officinale) extract against the ants. The researchers used two (2) different concentrations of ginger extract in this study. The researchers used distilled water for negative control group and magic chalk for positive control group and 10%, and 20% ginger extract which served as the experimental groups. The ginger extract obtained by using soxhlet apparatus and added 90ml of water in 10% of ginger extract and 80ml of water in 20% of ginger extract. The 10% and 20% concentration of ginger extract and distilled water were put around the mouth of the trap which contains the bait inside and draw circle around the trap with bait by magic chalk. The researchers did 17 trials in two (2) different time intervals of this experiment and check differences of the number of ants which are trapped. One Way Analysis of Variance was used to determine the significant differences in the number of ants that get inside the trapped of ginger extract and the control groups. The researchers found the repellent potential by counting the numbers of ants in each traps.

   The results showed an average number of ants trapped for the experimental groups were 2.94 for 20 minutes and 4.82 for 30 minutes of 10% concentration of ginger extract. An average of 0.47 for 20 minutes and 1.18 for 30 minutes of 20% concentration of ginger extract. For the control groups an average of 1.76 for 20 minutes and 2.35 for 30 minutes of water; and 17.76 for 20 minutes and 23.82 for 30 minutes of magic chalk. One-Way Analysis of Variance showed that there is significant difference in the number of ants trapped among the experimental and control groups, F = 57.642, p = .000. Tukey's test showed that there is significant difference in the number of ants trapped between the 20% ginger extract and magic chalk group. There was also a significant difference in the number of ants trapped between ginger extract and negative control group.

   With these results, the researchers concluded that the ginger extract is an effective repellent against ants. The researchers recommend using ginger extract to repel some insects like ants, mosquito and cockroach.


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