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Table 4 Cost analysis of various diet ingredients and their mixtures for rearing Anopheles stephensi

From: Development of inexpensive and globally available larval diet for rearing Anopheles stephensi (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes

Diet ingredient (Code) Price/ Kg (US$) Total cost to rear one million larvae (US$)* Availability
Bovine Liver Powder (L) 63.0 84.0 MP biomedical, Solon, OH
Wheat powder (W) 0.20 0.30 Grocery Shops
Rice Powder (R) 0.8 1.0 Grocery Shops
Corn Powder (C) 0.7 0.9 Grocery Shops
Chickpea powder (P) 0.8 1.0 Grocery Shops
Bean powder (B) 0.6 0.8 Grocery Shops
Bean + corn + chickpea + liver (BCPL) 16.25 21.7 ---
Bean + corn + wheat + chickpea + liver (BCWPL) 13.0 17.4 ---
Bean + corn + wheat + chickpea + rice + liver (BCWPRL) 11.0 14.7 ---
  1. * Cost has been calculated using an amount of 1.3 kg needed to rear one million larvae (an average of 40 mg diet needed to rear a batch of 30 larvae in an average of 8 days).