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Acute and chronic toxicity of Pawpaw (Carica papaya) seed powder to Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (Linne 1757), fingerlings.


Pawpaw pawpaw: see custard-apple; papaya.  (Carica papaya) seeds contain antifertility properties, particularly of the seeds, [17]. A complete loss of fertility has been reported in male rabbits, rats and monkeys fed an extract of papaya papaya (pəpī`ə), soft-stemmed tree (Carica papaya) of tropical America resembling a palm with a crown of palmately lobed leaves.  seeds [17,19,16]. suggesting that ingestion of papaya seeds may adversely affect the fertility of human males or other male mammals [1]. stated that Pawpaw (Carica papaya) seeds yield 660-760mg (bactericidal bactericidal /bac·te·ri·ci·dal/ (bak-ter?i-si´d'l) destructive to bacteria.
An agent that destroys bacteria (e.g.
 a glycone of glucotropaeolin benzyl benzyl /ben·zyl/ (ben´zil) the hydrocarbon radical, C7H7.

benzyl benzoate  one of the active substances in peruvian and tolu balsams, and produced synthetically; applied topically as a scabicide.
 isothiocyanate isothiocyanate

see allyl isothiocyanate.
), a glycoside, sinigrin, the enzyme myrosin, and carpasemine. Papaya seeds even though have a deworming action, is not advisable to consume [1]. also recorded two important compounds called chymopapain chymopapain /chy·mo·pa·pain/ (ki?mo-pah-pan´) a cysteine endopeptidase from the tropical tree Carica papaya; it catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins and polypeptides with a specificity similar to that of papain and is used in  and papain papain: see papaya. , which are supposed to aid in digestion. Papain also is used to treat arthritis. Papaya latex contains at least four proteolytically active components, including papain, chymopapains A and B, and papaya peptidase peptidase /pep·ti·dase/ (pep´ti-das) any of a subclass of proteolytic enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of peptide linkages; it comprises the exopeptidases and endopeptidases.

 a [9].

A toxic substance called carpine is present in traces in black seeds of papaya. Carpine in large quantities is said to lower the pulse rate and depress the nervous system. This substance is only found in papaya seed and that too in very small quantity. The fleshy part of the fruit is completely free from this toxic substance. Externally the latex is irritant, dermatogenic, and vescicant. Internally it causes severe gastritis. Some people are allergic to the pollen, the fruit, and the latex. Papain can induce asthma and rhinitis. The acrid fresh latex can cause severe conjunctivitis conjunctivitis (kənjəngtəvī`təs), inflammation or infection of the mucosal membrane that covers the eyeball and lines the eyelid, usually acute, caused by a virus or, less often, by a bacillus, an allergic reaction, or an  and vesication.

A compound present in crushed papaya seed that is believed to have activity against helminthic hel·min·thic
1. Of or relating to worms, especially parasitic worms.

2. Tending to expel worms.

See anthelmintic.
 intestinal parasites, benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC), has been shown to have an effect on vascular contraction using a canine carotid artery in vitro model [25]. Other studies have suggested possible purgative purgative /pur·ga·tive/ (purg´it-iv) cathartic (1, 2).

An agent used for purging the bowels.

Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.
 effects of root extracts [1]. and antihypertensive activity of fruit extracts [6]. The presence of cyanogenic cyanogenetic, cyanogenic

generating or giving rise to cyanide.

cyanogenetic glycosides
potentially poisonous cyanide radicals are found in plants in the form of cyanogenetic glycosides, in which form they are not poisonous.
 compounds in papaya has also been reported [21].

The St. Peter's fish (Nile Tilapia) Oreochromis niloticus possesses characteristics such as, fast growth, and tolerance of poor water quality. Is common food fish in Nigeria and have been introduced to many countries around the World. Tilapia tilapia (təlä`pēə) or St. Peter's fish, a spiny-finned freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae, native chiefly to Africa and the Middle East.  culture is, however fraught with the problem of prolific breeding, overpopulating any water they found themselves that resulted into stunted growth in Nigeria. Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus sexually matures at about 20 g weights [18]. Uncontrolled reproduction of Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus in pond in Nigeria especially in Cross River State, as observed and complained by farmers lead to harvest of stunted fish with low nutritional and commercial value.

For profitable Tilapia culture, the prolific breeding and stunting problem associated with it have to be solved [1]. enumerated various methods and technique available for the control of prolific breeding in Tilapia and observed that each of them has it own shortcoming. As the search for a better solution to this problem continues the need to investigate the usefulness of natural resources in aquaculture become vital. Medicinal plants have successfully been used to induce sterility in laboratory animals [9,3,5,]. Pawpaw seed (Carica papaya) [23,7]. reported high success in using Pawpaw seed powder in inducing sterility in male Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus when administered through feed. They stated that the high dose of 9.8g/kg/of fish/day of the drug caused disintegrating of many more sperm cell cells. With the outcome of this result farmer in Nigeria has started to use Pawpaw seed powder indiscriminately in their farm to control prolific breeding of tilapia and it has resulted into high and regular death of fry, fingerling and adult Tilapia in pond.

Despite their widespread use, their toxicity and effectiveness to aquatic organisms, particularly fishes, have not been examined. Acute and chronic toxicity test was conducted using aqueous extract of Pawpaw seed seeds on a widely cultivated African freshwater fishes. Therefore, results expected from the toxicity test will provide baseline information and establish limit of using aquatic extract of Pawpaw seed seeds in freshwater fishpond fish·pond  
A pond containing or stocked with fish.

Noun 1. fishpond - a freshwater pond with fish
pond, pool - a small lake; "the pond was too small for sailing"
. The effect on fingerlings and adult of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus will give information on the safe level on administration to aquatic environment.

The effect of Pawpaw seed on the target organ of the fish would also be determined as persistent usage of the chemical could build up in the organs of the fish, and the surrounding environment of the fish and this may be deleterious. This work is to determine the normal dosage of Pawpaw seed powder to fingerling tilapia and its effect on water quality, through the determination of toxicity and tolerance level of Pawpaw (Carica papaya) seed powder, which is lacking. Acute and chronic toxicity test will be conducted using aqueous extracts of Pawpaw seeds on widely cultivated African freshwater fish Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus.

Materials and Methods

200 live fingerlings, Oreochromis niloticus, identified using taxonomic key of [20]. for the experiment and was collected from Cross River University of Technology, fish farm at Obubra Campus, and was acclimated for 1 week in the laboratory, inside transparent rectangular glass tanks (75cm x 45cm x 45cm) container of 121.5 litres capacity, filled with 50 liters unchlorinated well water. The fish was fed to apparent satiation sa·ti·a·tion
The state produced by having had a specific need, such as hunger or thirst, fulfilled.

 twice daily (0900h, 1600h) with a commercial pelleted fish diet containing 35% crude protein during the acclimation acclimation /ac·cli·ma·tion/ (ak?li-ma´shun) the process of becoming accustomed to a new environment.

 period. Feeding was discontinued 48 hours before the commencement of the experiment, to minimize the production of waste in the test container.

Preparation of Aqueous Extract of Pawpaw (Carica papaya) Seed Powder and Acclamation of Test Fish.

Large quantities of ripe Pawpaw seeds were purchased from the farmers and in gardens around Obubra village, in Cross River State, Nigeria. The seed powder was prepared by opening the mature fruit of Pawpaw and the fresh seeds extracted and were sun dried. The seeds was ground to a fine a powder, using the coffle cof·fle  
A group of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained together in a line.

tr.v. cof·fled, cof·fling, cof·fles
To fasten together in a coffle.
 mill attachment of a Moulinex domestic food bender and the powder was kept in a desiccators for later use in stock solutions.

Apparently healthy Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus fingerlings weighing 7-5cm total length; 11.6g-17.6g weight was collected from Cross River University of Technology, fish farm at Obubra Campus, and was acclimated for 1 week in the laboratory, inside transparent rectangular glass tanks (75cm x 45cm x 45cm) container of 121.5 litres capacity, filled with 50 litres unchlorinated well water. The fish was fed with pelleted fish diet containing 35% crude protein, during the acclimation period. Feeding was discontinued 48 hours before the commencement of the experiment to minimize the production of waste in the test container.

Acute Toxicity Test

(1) Range Finding Test:--A preliminary range finding test was conducted to determine the toxicity level of Pawpaw, seed power using standard method/procedure. In the range finding test, one control and five tests in triplicates, was set up for the experiment. Pawpaw seed powder was introduced randomly, and test for 24hour, the behavior and mortality of the test fishes in each tank was monitored and recorded every 15 minutes for the first hour, once every hour for the next three hours and every four hours for the rest 24hours period.

Eighteen (60cm x 45cm x 45cm) glass tanks of 121.5 litres capacity each were filled with 50 litres aerated unchlorinated well water. Fingerlings Oreochromis niloticus was batch-weighed with a top-loading mettler balance (Mettler Toledo (K)), and distributed randomly in triplicate per treatment. The glass tanks were covered with mosquito net to prevent fish from jumping out; there was no aeration aeration /aer·a·tion/ (ar-a´shun)
1. the exchange of carbon dioxide for oxygen by the blood in the lungs.

2. the charging of a liquid with air or gas.

, no water change nor feeding throughout the test. This was done prior to the introduction of the toxicant. The toxicant will be introduced at least concentration, 2mg/l, 4mg/l, 6mg/l, 8mg/l, & 10mg/l with a control of 0 mg/l in triplicate. The test will last for 24hr.

Definitive Test

The definitive test was conducted using

concentration of, 4.0mg/l, 4.2mg/l, 4.4mg/l, 4.6mg/l, 4.8mg/l, 5.0mg/l, of Pawpaw seed powder earlier determined for the range finding test. This test comprised one sub lethal toxicity test according to the standard method/procedures.

Biological Data

Fish mortality was monitored and recorded hourly for the first four hours, 4hrs for the next 24hrs, and subsequently every 24 hours, for the next 96hrs. The inability of fish to respond to external stimuli was used as an index of death. Apart from monitoring and recording fish mortality the fish behaviour such as erratic swimming, air gulping, loss of reflex, discolouration Noun 1. discolouration - a soiled or discolored appearance; "the wine left a dark stain"
discoloration, stain

appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

scorch - a discoloration caused by heat
, and molting was monitored.

Determination of Lethal Concentration

[LC.sub.50], which is the concentration of Pawpaw seed powder, estimated to be lethal to 50% of test organism after exposure time of 96 hr, was determined graphically using probit In probability theory and statistics, the probit function is the inverse cumulative distribution function (CDF), or quantile function associated with the standard normal distribution.  transformation [11,24].

Haematological Examination of Fish

One test organism was removed, from each tank for blood analysis. 5-10 ml blood per fish was collected from cardiac puncture in fingerlings fish using 2ml disposable heparinized syringes, treated with tetra acetic acid (EDTA EDTA: see chelating agents. ) as anti-coagulant. The blood was stored at -4[degrees]C in deep freezer prior to analysis. The blood analysis follows the method described by [22].

Blood Cell Counts

Haemocytometer was used in blood cell counts. The apparatus consists of a counting chamber, a cover slip, white and red blood pipette for the blood and a plastic mouthpiece for drawing the fluid into pipette. The blood diluting fluid was prepared as described by [22]. The blood cells were counted on the counting chamber of haemocytometer with the aid of compound microscope.

RBC RBC red blood cell.

RBC or rbc
red blood cell

n See red blood cell count.


red blood cells; red blood (cell) count (see blood count).
 = No of cells counted X 5 X 10 X 200 ([10.sup.6][mm.sup.3])

WBC WBC white blood cell; see leukocyte.

white blood cell

n stands for white
 = No of cells counted X 0.25 X 10 X 20 ([10.sup.4][mm.sup.3]) [22].

Haemoglobin Estimation

Haemoglobinometer was used for haemoglobin estimation. The apparatus and the reagents include, Shali graduated tube, standard (SHILONOMETER), N/10 HCL HCl

hydrochloric acid.
, 0.02 ml pipette. The graduated tube was filled to 20 ml marked with N/10 HCL; 0.02 ml blood was added and mixed thoroughly. It was allowed to stay for 5 minutes, and distilled water was added drop by drop and each addition will be mixed thoroughly, until colour matches the standard. The amount of solution in the graduated tube gives the haemoglobin concentration as percentage.

Haemoglobin =Value obtained / 100 X 17.2 (gm/100ml) [22].

Packed Cells Volume (PCV PCV packed-cell volume.


packed-cell volume, the volume of packed red cells in milliliters per 100 ml of blood.

Non-clotted blood was drawn by capillary action into microhaematocrit tubes; one end of the tubes was sealed with synthetic sealant. The sealed tube was centrifuged in a microhaematocrit centrifuge. Centrifugation was for 5 minutes at 10500 rpm. The packed cell volume packed cell volume

the percentage of the volume of whole, unclotted blood occupied by the erythrocytes. Abbreviated PCV. A useful prognostic indicator in dehydration when the PCV rises markedly.
 was measured using microhaematocrit reader and expressed as percentage.

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Definition

The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), or sedimentation rate (sed rate), is a measure of the settling of red blood cells in a tube of blood during one hour.
 (ESR ESR - Eric S. Raymond )

Non-clotted blood are was drawn by capillary action into microhaematocrit tube, one end of the tube was sealed, by a synthetic sealant, and placed, onto a special metal holder consisting of two plate slanting at an angle of 45 [degrees] c. The rate at which erythrocyte spontaneously settled, determined the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. It was allowed to stand for 40 minute. The value of erythrocyte sedimentation rate is determined by means of the haematocrit hematocrit, haematocrit
a centrifuge used for separating blood cells from the plasma.
See also: Blood and Blood Vessels

Noun 1.
 reader. The erythrocytes column is determined as percentage of the total column of the blood. The value of erythrocyte sedimentation rate with the given time interval is the difference 100% and the percentage part represented by the corpuscle corpuscle /cor·pus·cle/ (kor´pus'l) any small mass or body.corpus´cular

blood corpuscle  see under cell.

corneal corpuscles  star-shaped corpuscles within the corneal spaces.
 column [22].

Mean Cell Haemoglobin Concentration

This refers to the percentage of haemoglobin in 100ml of red blood cell red blood cell: see blood. . This was calculated by divided the haemoglobin content in g/100ml by the pcv/100mlof red blood according to the formulae:--MCHC = HB/PCV*1000 T/l-1 [22].

Mean Corpuscular Volume mean corpuscular volume
n. Abbr. MCV
The average volume of red blood cells in erythrocyte indices, calculated from the hematocrit and the red blood cell count.
 (MCV MCV mean corpuscular volume.

mean corpuscular volume

Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)
A measure of the average volume of a red blood cell.

The value of the mean corpuscular volume was calculated from the haematocrit value (pcv) (%) and the erythrocyte count (Er.) ([10.sup.6]/[mm.sup.3]) according to [22]. MCV = PCV *1000/Er ([u.sup.3])

Mean Corpuscular cor·pus·cle  
a. An unattached body cell, such as a blood or lymph cell.

b. A rounded globular mass of cells, such as the pressure receptor on certain nerve endings.

 Haemoglobin (MCH See Intel Hub Architecture. )

Mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration, expresses the concentration of haemoglobin in unit volume of erythrocyte. It was calculated from the haemoglobin value (Hb) and from the erythrocyte count (Er) according to the following formular MCV = Hb/Er (Picogramme)(pg) [22].

Water Quality

Water quality monitoring was done prior to the experiment, during the experiment and after the experiment. Water quality parameters determined include pH, dissolved oxygen concentration, and temperature. Ph was determined using a digital pH meter (Mettle Toledo 320). The electrode was inserted into the bottle containing the water sample after standardization in different buffer, after which the reading was taken. Dissolved Oxygen Concentration was measured using a digital, dissolved oxygen meter (Jenway 9071) once in a day at 8.00 a.m. Temperature was measured using a mercury in-glass thermometer, which was placed in the medium inside the test container until reading was be made. The reading was taken at 10.00 a.m. on each day of the experiment.

StatisticaL Analysis

All results were collated and analysed using computerized, probit and logit analysis [15]. The median lethal concentration [LC.sub.50] at selected period of exposure, and an associated 95% confidence interval for each replicate toxicity test was subjected to logit and probit analysis [8]. using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) 11.0 for Windows XP on Pc.

Result and discussions

Table 1 and 2 shows the percentage cumulative mortality of toxicity of Pawpaw seed powder to Fingerling Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus. The 96hours [LC.sub.50] of an aqueous Pawpaw seed powder to fingerlings Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus is presented in Table 3 and Figure 1-4. This value is the concentrations of the treatments required to bring about, 50% mortality of Oreochromis niloticus fingerlings within 96hours periods.

The acute toxicity of Pawpaw seed decreased with increase in time. Total mortality resulted at concentration of 8mg/l and the 96hrs [LC.sub.50] is 1.8mg/l of Pawpaw seed to fingerlings tilapia. The maximum admissible toxicant concentration of 0.018mg/l-0.18mg/l established for fingerling tilapia was derived by multiplied a constant 0.01-0.1 by 96hours [LC.sub.50]. The fish were observed swimming erratically, they exhibited loss of reflex, molting, Discouloration, air gulping, loss of scale (Table 4).

Increase of loss of scale and haemorrhage were observed to be directly proportional to increase aqueous extract of pawpaw seed powder concentration level and duration of exposure. Table 7: showed the results of the physico-chemical parameters of on fingerling Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus. The Ph, Temperature, and Dissolved oxygen concentration determined at different time interval. The result obtained for the 96hours were found closed to the physico- chemical parameter of the control.


The result of toxicity of Pawpaw Carica papaya seed powder to fingerling tilapia Oreochromis niloticus presented in Table 1 and figure 1-5, show that 20, 24, 48, 72, 96hrsLc50 of Carica papaya to fingerlings tilapia Oreochromis niloticus were 4.8mg/l,, 2.6mg/l, 2.1mg/l, 1.8mg/l and the maximum toxicant admissible concentrations were 0.018mg/l-0.18mg/l. reported lower concentration of Ringworm ringworm or tinea (tĭn`ēə), superficial eruption of the skin caused by a fungus, chiefly Microsporum, Trichophyton, or Epidermophyton.  plant Senna alata, used in poising water bodies for fish capture in Benue State of Nigeria, the 96hrLc50 for juvenile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus was 13.93mg/l, Indicated that the extract causes sub acute effect.

The toxicity of Carica papaya to Oreochromis niloticus is higher than the result of who reported that the 96hLc50 of 0.19mg/[l.sup.-1], for the Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus, exposed to the toxicity of cassava cassava (kəsä`və) or manioc (măn`ēŏk), name for many species of the genus Manihot of the family Euphorbiaceae (spurge family).  (Manihot esculenta), the reason may be as a result of higher toxicant concentration in cassava effluent. stated that the acute toxicity of an organophosphorus or·gan·o·phos·pho·rus  
An organophosphate.

 insecticide monocrotophus to the fresh water fish Anabas testudineus. The 24h, 48h, 72h, and 96hLc50 were found to be 22.65, 21.2, 9.75, and 19ppm respectively. The safe concentration of monocrotophos was 0.19ppm.

Muniyan and Veeraraghavan (1999) reported the effect of insecticide, ethofenprox to Nile Tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus, using a static bioassay method, the median lethal concentration for 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, and 96h were 2.03, 1.95, 1.90, 1.85, 1.79, 1.76, and 1.74ppm respectively. It was observed that fingerlings of Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus showed variations in their tolerance to aqueous extracts of Carica papaya Table 4 & 5: upon addition of the toxicant, the fish showed various toxic reactions such as erratic movements, air gulping, molting, while increase in concentration and exposure time resulted in loss of scale and haemorhage. This report agree with the work of many authours who work on the toxicity of different freshwater fishes.

There is significant difference in the value of blood parameters; of fingerlings O. niloticus after exposure to 96hours aqueous extract of Carica papaya seed powder Table 6. The result of haematological parameters of fingerlings tilapia showed significant difference in higher concentrations. The pack cell volume increased from 13.6[+ or -]1.2% in the control to 6.58.0[+ or -]3.4% in concentration of 5.0mg/1 Carica papaya / litre of water. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate increases from 9.33[+ or -]0.5% in control to 14.5[+ or -]1.6% in higher concentration of 5mg/l White blood cell, Mean Cell Heamoglobin increase from 3.3[+ or -]0.3 104[mm.sup.3], 3.3[+ or -]0.3, to 5.4[+ or -]0.2, and 4.8[+ or -]0.9 in higher concentration of 5.0mg/1.




While there is a decrease in the value of heamoglobin concentration, Haemoglobin, Mean Cell Volume, decreases from 4.6[+ or -]0.4g/dl, 98856.2[+ or -]10098m3 in control to 2.02[+ or -]0.4, 14365[+ or -]268.14 in higher concentration of 5mg/l respectively. There is no significant difference in change in mean cell haemoglobin. This result is similar to the work of who studied the effect of inhalation of the pyrethroid py·re·throid  
Any of several synthetic compounds similar to pyrethrin, used as an insecticide.
 insecticide, tetramethrin on hematological hematological, hematologic

pertaining to or emanating from blood cells.

hematological tests
total and differential white cell counts, hematocrit estimation, erythrocyte count.
 and biochemical parameters in albino rats. They recorded no significant changes in RBC count, haematocrit value, hemoglobin content and the blood indices MCHC MCHC mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration.

mean cell hemoglobin concentration

Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) 
, MCV and MCH. On the other hand, the WBC counts and lymphocytes percentage showed significant increase whereas the blood platelets decreased significantly in the treated rats. Serum triglycerides were significantly raised after 3, 6 and 9 days of treatment while cholesterol values showed significant increase after 15 days. Total proteins and albumin had not been changed significantly in tetramethrin treated animals during the experimental period.




Fund and facilities used for this study was provided by 2004 Senate Research Grant Award, given by, Cross River University Of Technology, Calabar. This support is acknowledged with gratitude. Sincere thank go to Offor, Omini Emmanuel, Ezeogo, John Uro, the research assistants and special thanks go to the Technologists Mr. Erinle and Mr. Adesida, the Haematologist and Histopathologist for analysing the results.


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Corresponding Author:

E.o. Ayotunde, Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Cross River University of Technology, P.M.B. 102, Obubra Campus- Calabar. Nigeria. E-mail :,

E.o. Ayotunde and B.o. Ofem. Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Cross River University of Technology, P.M.B. 102, Obubra Campus- Calabar. Nigeria.

E.o. Ayotunde and B.o. Ofem.; Acute and Chronic Toxicity of Pawpaw (Carica Papaya) Seed Powder to Nile Tilapia Oreochromis Niloticus (Linne 1757), Fingerlings, Adv. Environ. Biol., 2(3): 101-107, 2008
Table 1: Percentage Cumulative Mortality of Carica papaya to
Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus Fngerlings (Range Finding Test)

S/N   CONC.     15min   30min   45min   60min

1     0m g/l       0       0       0       0
2     2m g/l       0       0       0     3.3
3     4m g/l       0       0     3.3      10
4     6m g/l       0     3.3     6.7    23.3
5     8m g/l       0     3.3    16.7    26.7
6     10m g/l      0     6.7      10      30

S/N   CONC.     2hr.    3hrs    4hrs     8hr

1     0m g/l       0       0       0       0
2     2m g/l     6.7      10    13.3    23.3
3     4m g/l      20    26.7      30      30
4     6m g/l    23.3    33.3      40      40
5     8m g/l      40    46.7    53.3    63.3
6     10m g/l   53.3    56.7      70      70

S/N   CONC.     12hr    16hr    20hr    24hr

1     0m g/l       0       0       0       0
2     2m g/l    23.3      30      30      30
3     4m g/l      30    46.7    46.7      50
4     6m g/l    43.3    46.7      60    66.7
5     8m g/l    66.7    73.3      90     100
6     10m g/l   83.3    93.3     100     100

Table 2: Percentage Cumulative Mortality of Carica papaya to
Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus Fingerlings (Definitive Test)

S/N   CONC.        1hr      2hr      3hr      4hr

1     4.0m g/l       0        0        0      3.3
2     4.2m g/l       0        0        0      6.7
3     4.4m g/l       0        0      3.3       10
4     4.6m g/l       0        0        0      3.3
5     4.8m g/l       0        0      3.3      6.7
6     5.0m g/l       0        0     13.3     21.2

S/N   CONC.        8hr     12hr     16hr     20hr

1     4.0m g/l    13.3     16.7     16.7     33.3
2     4.2m g/l      10     26.7      30.     43.3
3     4.4m g/l      10     13.3      30.       30
4     4.6m g/l    16.7     16.7     23.3     36.7
5     4.8m g/l    13.3     20.0     38.3     39.3
6     5.0m g/l      40     46.7     46.4     53.3

S/N   CONC.       24hr     48hr     72hr    96hrs.

1     4.0m g/l    33.3     36.7     36.7     36.7
2     4.2m g/l    43.3     43.3     43.3     53.3
3     4.4m g/l    46.7     46.3       50       50
4     4.6m g/l    46.7     56.7     56.7     56.7
5     4.8m g/l    46.7     46.7     63.3     83.3
6     5.0m g/l      60       80     93.3      100

Table 3: The [LC.sub.50] value for Fingerlings Tilapia Oreochrom is

TIM E (Hours)     LC50 (mg/l)

20                4.8
24s               3.2
48                2.6
72                2.1
96                1.8

Table 4: Behavioral Monitoring for fingerling Tilapia
(Range finding test)

Time               12hrs.

Concentrations     0      2      4      6      8      10
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      -      +      +
Molting            -      -      -      -      +      +
Discoloration      -      -      -      -      +      +
Air gulping        -      +      +      +      +      +
Erratic swimming   -      -      -      -      +      +
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      -      -
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      -      -


Concentrations     0      2      4      6      8      10
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      -      +      +
Molting            -      -      -      -      +      +
Discoloration      -      -      -      -      +      -
Air gulping        -      +      +      +      +      +
Erratic swimming   -      -      -      -      +      +
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      -      -
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      -      -


Concentrations     0      2      4      6      8      10
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      -      +      +
Molting            -      -      -      -      +      +
Discoloration      -      -      -      -      +      -
Air gulping        -      +      +      +      +      -
Erratic swimming   -      -      -      -      +      +
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      -      -
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      -      -


Concentrations     0      2      4      6      8      10
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      -      +      +
Molting            -      -      -      -      +      +
Discoloration      -      -      -      -      -      -
Air gulping        -      +      +      +      +      -
Erratic swimming   -      -      -      -      +      +
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      -      +
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      -      +

Table 5: Behavioral Monitoring for fingerling Tilapia
(Definitive Test)

Behavior/          24hrs

Concentrations     4.0    4.2    4.6           4.8    5.0
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      +      -      -
Molting            -      -      -      -      +      +
Discoloration      -      -      -      +      +      +
Air gulping        +      +      +      +      +      +
Erratic swimming   -      -      +      +      +      +
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      -      -
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      -      -

Behavior/          48hrs

Concentrations     4.0    4.2    4.6           4.8    5.0
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      -      -      -
Molting            -      -      +      -      -      -
Discoloration      +      +      -      +      +      +
Air gulping        +      +      +      +      +      +
Erratic swimming   -      -      -      -      +      -
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      -      -
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      -      -

Behavior/          72hrs

Concentrations     4.0    4.2    4.6           4.8    5.0
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      -      -      -
Molting            -      -      +      -      -      -
Discoloration      +      +      +      +      +      +
Air gulping        +      +      +      +      +      +
Erratic swimming   -      +      +      +      +      -
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      -      +
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      -      -

Behavior/          96hrs

Concentrations     4.0    4.2    4.6           4.8    5.0
Loss of reflex     -      -      -      -      -      -
Molting            -      -      -      -      -      -
Discoloration      +      +      +      +      +      +
Air gulping        +      +      +      +      +      +
Erratic swimming   -      -      -      +      +      -
Loss of scale      -      -      -      -      +      +
Haemorrhage        -      -      -      -      +      +

Key: - = not present
+ = Present

Table 6: The Summary of Effect of Carica papaya on Haematological
Parameters of Fingerlings Tilapia Oreochrom is niloticus.

CONC./                PCV (%)              Hb (g/dl)

[T.sub.0 (0mg/l)]     13.6 [+ or -] 1.2    4.6 [+ or -] 0.44
[T.sub.1] (4.0mg/l)   7.67 [+ or -] 3.8    2.63 [+ or -] 1.3
[T.sub.2] (4.2mg/l)   15 [+ or -] 4.36     5.17 [+ or -] 1.3
[T.sub.3] (4.4mg/l)   12.7 [+ or -] 0.6    4.23 [+ or -] 0.2
[T.sub.4] (4.6mg/l)   13.3 [+ or -] 4.0    4.49 [+ or -] 1.3
[T.sub.5] (4.8mg/l)   6.33 [+ or -] 1.5    2.13 [+ or -] 0.5
[T.sub.6] (5.0mg/l)   6.58 [+ or -] 3.4    2.02 [+ or -] 0.4

CONC./                ESR (%)              WBC [10.sup.4]
PARAMETERS                                 [mm.sup.3]

[T.sub.0 (0mg/l)]     9.33 [+ or -] 0.6    3.3 [+ or -] 1.3
[T.sub.1] (4.0mg/l)   12.7 [+ or -] 2.3    4.2 [+ or -] 1.4
[T.sub.2] (4.2mg/l)   10 [+ or -] 2.65     2.8 [+ or -] 1.0
[T.sub.3] (4.4mg/l)   10.7 [+ or -] 0.6    2.7 [+ or -] 0.5
[T.sub.4] (4.6mg/l)   10.7 [+ or -] 2.1    3.6 [+ or -] 1.0
[T.sub.5] (4.8mg/l)   14 [+ or -] 1.0      5.0 [+ or -] 0.3
[T.sub.6] (5.0mg/l)   14.5 [+ or -] 1.6    5.4 [+ or -] 0.2

CONC./                RBC [10.sup.4]       MCH (pg)
PARAMETERS            [mm.sup.3]

[T.sub.0 (0mg/l)]     1.4 [+ or -] 0.3     3.3 [+ or -] 0.3
[T.sub.1] (4.0mg/l)   0.6 [+ or -] 0.4     4.3 [+ or -] 0.6
[T.sub.2] (4.2mg/l)   9.3 [+ or -] 0.3     4.2 [+ or -] 0.5
[T.sub.3] (4.4mg/l)   1.2 [+ or -] 0.2     2.6 [+ or -] 0.3
[T.sub.4] (4.6mg/l)   1.3 [+ or -] 0.5     3.5 [+ or -] 0.3
[T.sub.5] (4.8mg/l)   0.5 [+ or -] 0.2     3.4 [+ or -] 0.5
[T.sub.6] (5.0mg/l)   0.3 [+ or -] 0.2     4.8 [+ or -] 0.9

CONC./                MCHC (T/L)           MCV ([[mu].sup.3])

[T.sub.0 (0mg/l)]     336.4 [+ or -] 5.0   98856.2 [+ or -] 1009.8
[T.sub.1] (4.0mg/l)   343.9 [+ or -] 5.4   12398.3 [+ or -] 1723.2
[T.sub.2] (4.2mg/l)   348.1 [+ or -] 2.1   34310.6 [+ or -] 4674.3
[T.sub.3] (4.4mg/l)   334.2 [+ or -] 4.0   10342.7 [+ or -] 916.17
[T.sub.4] (4.6mg/l)   330.3 [+ or -] 3.6   10065.8 [+ or -] 1152.7
[T.sub.5] (4.8mg/l)   336.5 [+ or -] 7.6   10536.5 [+ or -] 846.18
[T.sub.6] (5.0mg/l)   336.9 [+ or -] 3.4   14365.08 [+ or -] 268.14

Table 7: The summary result of Physico-Chemical Parameter during
the test.

Parameter            Range Finding Test

                     Before test   During test   After Test

Tem. ([degree] C     26.5          27            27

[DO.sup.2] (m g/l)   5.6           5.8           5.5

pH                   7.2           6.9           6.8

                     Definitive Test

                     Before test   During test   After Test

Tem. ([degree] C     26.2          26.5          27.2

[DO.sup.2] (m g/l)   6.2           5.8           6.2

pH                   6.8           7.1           7.5
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