Extraction, Characterization and Applications of Latex of Manilkara zapota
Keywords:Manilkara zapota; latex; bioactivity; insecticidal activity.
In this study, bioactivity and application of plant latex of Manilkara zapota in agriculture fields had been studied. Latex was collected, extracted and characterized with TLC, UV-Vis and GCMS analyses. Latex was also subjected for seed germination study, pot study and insecticidal activity. This latex was found to increase water holding capacity and soil porosity and soil structure was improved by latex. It was also inducing the root formation and enhances crop yields. It also shown insecticidal activity against mealy bugs.