Detection of antimicrobial activity in accessory gland secretions of the virgin male red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus
L Joseph, V Josekumar, P George
antimicrobial, male accessory reproductive gland marg, rhynchophorus ferrugineus
L Joseph, V Josekumar, P George. Detection of antimicrobial activity in accessory gland secretions of the virgin male red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. The Internet Journal of Microbiology. 2008 Volume 7 Number 1.
Male accessory gland secretions in insects contain a variety of bioactive molecules which influences the female reproductive functions (Gillot, 2003). Reproductive ducts are the major route of microbial invasions. The ability of reproductive tracts to defend microbial attack has been explored among animals (Com
Materials and methods
Results were tabulated in table -1. The accessory gland extract showed zones of inhibition towards all the bacterial strains used in this experiment. Maximum activity was shown against
Antibacterial property of accessory gland secretions form virgin male of
Microorganism carried by the male genitalia can be introduced into the female during mating (Lung
Authors like to thank Prof. M I Georgekutty, former HOD, Department of Zoology, St. John’s college, Anchal to extend the microbiology lab facilities while VSJ was employed there. L J acknowledges the financial support from UGC by the award of FIP during this study. Gift of bacteriological strains from Prof Dhevendaran K, Department of Aquatic Biology, University of Kerala is also gratefully acknowledged.