Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 991–996 | Cite as

Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles from mangrove plant (Avicennia marina) extract and their potential mosquito larvicidal property

  • Srinivasan BalakrishnanEmail author
  • Muthukumarasamy Srinivasan
  • Jeyaraj Mohanraj
Original Article


To identify the larvicidal activities of silver nanoparticles synthesised with Avicennia marina leaf extract against the larvae of Aedes aegypti and Anopheleus stephensi, in vitro larvicidal activities such as LC50 and LC90 were assessed. Further, characterisation such as UV and FTIR analysis were carried out for the synthesised silver nanoparticles. The LC50 value of the synthesised silver nanoparticles was identified as 4.374 and 7.406 mg/L for An. stephensi and Ae. aegypti larvae respectively. Further, the LC90 values are also identified as 4.928 and 9.865 mg/L for An. stephensi and Ae. aegypti species respectively. The synthesised silver nanoparticles have maximum absorption at 420 nm with the average size of 60–95 nm. The FTIR data showed prominent peaks in (3940.57, 3929.00, 3803.63, 3712.97, 2918.30, 2231.64, 1610.50, 1377.17, 1257.59, 1041.59, 1041.56, 775.38, 667.37 and 503.21) different ranges. The biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles with leaf aqueous extract of A. marina provides potential source for the larvicidal activity against mosquito borne diseases. The present study proved the mosquitocidal properties of silver nanoparticles synthesised from mangroves of Vellar estuary. This is an ideal eco-friendly approach for the vector control programs.


Biosynthesis AgNO3 Mangrove Larvicidal FTIR 



The author thanks the authorities of Annamalai University for providing the necessary facilities and the INCOIS-SATCORE Project (G4/515/2008), Ministry of Earth Sciences (Government of India) for financial support. We also thank the anonymous referees for the valuable comments, which greatly improved our manuscript.

Conflict of interest

All authors have read the manuscript and have agreed to submit it in its current form for consideration for publication in the Journal. We declare that we have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Srinivasan Balakrishnan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Muthukumarasamy Srinivasan
    • 1
  • Jeyaraj Mohanraj
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine SciencesAnnamalai UniversityParangipettaiIndia
  2. 2.Marine Gastropod Hatchery & Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Kamaraj CollegeManonmaniam Sundaranar UniversityTuticorinIndia

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