Makabuhay (tubli) – an excellent source of insecticide

June 2, 2006

In a research conducted by the
Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural
resources Research & development (PCARRD) at the U.P Los
Baños, it was found out the juice of 50 grams of makabuhay for
1.25 liters water can control rice green leafhoppers, insect
that bring the virus of the disease in palay.

There are various ways of using
makabuhay. One is by soaking the roots of the play seedlings
in the makabuhay solution 24 hours before planting. Another is
by broadcasting the juice of the makabuhay on the play

The effect of these is almost
the same as that of carbofuran, a chemical insecticide against

Two kilograms of ground
makabuhay can also be broadcast in a square meter of field 10
days after plowing. This is the same as broadcasting
carbofuran which is effective 5-7 days after

Besides its use as insecticide,
makabuhay is also used in the relief of stomach ache
indigestion, diarrhea, ulcer, parasites, and



From: Malaya Sept 12,


June 2, 2006

It has been researched on and
tried at UP Los Baños College of Forestry that we have plants
that can control termites. The most effective of these are the
Balanoi and dilaw leaves. They contain methanol, which, when
extracted and dissolved in water, can control

Next to the above are the
leaves of the Adelpha and kakawate, and weakest among those
tried was the juice of the makabuhay.

The were tried on a sibukaw log
that was exposed to termites for two weeks. When the extracts
of the mentioned plants were sprayed on the log, no termites
touched it.



From: PCARRD Farmnews July