Assessing the Genotoxic Potentials of Methomyl-based Pesticide in Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Using Micronucleus Assay


  • R Adharyan Islamy Brawijaya University
  • Uun Yanuhar Brawijaya University
  • Asus Maizar Suryanto Hertika Brawijaya University



Pesticides are recognized as serious pollutants in the aquatic environment with the potential to cause genotoxic on the aquatic organism, especially fish. The micronucleus (MN) assay has been used to evaluate genotoxicity of many compounds in polluted ecosystems such pesticides. The aim of this study to determine genotoxic effect of methomyl-based pesticide on tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Fish were exposed to six different concentrations base on range finding test (0 ppm, 3.2 ppm, 4.2 ppm, 6.5 ppm, 8.7 ppm and 10 ppm) of methomyl-based pesticide. The micronucleus were collected from peripheral blood erythrocyte of fish after 96 h exposure. Peripheral blood samples smears were stained with Giemsa, MN frequencies were counted and statistically analyzed using one-way ANOVA. The result of this study showed after 96 hours exposed to methomyl-based pesticide, at concentration 0 ppm causes 0% mortality, at concentration to 3.2 ppm causes 30% mortality, at concentration 4.2 ppm causes 60% mortality, at concentration 6.5 ppm causes 70% mortality, at concentration 8.7 ppm causes 80% mortality, at concentration 10 ppm causes 100% mortality of fish test. Lethal Concentration 50 (LC50 - 96 hours) of methomy-base pesticide towards tilapia (O. niloticus) is 4.015 ppm. Through micronuclei assay during 96 hour exposure of methomyl-based pesticide, the result shows that frequencies of micronuclei in erythrocyte of fish test at concentration at 0ppm is 12‰, 18‰ and 16‰; at concentration at 3.2ppm is 33‰, 26‰ and 29‰; at concentration at 4.2ppm is 41‰, 38‰ and 46‰; at concentration at 6.5ppm is 68‰, 81‰ and 82‰; at concentration 8.7ppm is 133‰, 130‰ and 137‰; at concentration 10ppm is 163‰, 166‰ and 156‰. It revealed that methomyl-based pesticide exposure induced after 96 h significantly (P<0.05) increased genotoxic potentials simultaneous with increased concentration.

Keywords: Genotoxic, Methomyl, Micronucleus Assay, Pesticide, Tilapia.