Asian Journal of Biology <p style="text-align: justify;">The aim of <strong>Asian Journal of Biology&nbsp;(ISSN: 2456-7124)</strong>&nbsp;is to publish high quality papers (<a href="/index.php/AJOB/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) with broad areas of Aerobiology, &nbsp;Agriculture, Anatomy, Astrobiology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biomathematics or Mathematical Biology, Biomechanics, Biomedical research, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Building biology, Botany, Cell biology, Conservation Biology, Cryobiology, Developmental biology, Food biology, Ecology, Embryology, Entomology, Environmental Biology, Epidemiology, Ethology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Herpetology, Histology, Ichthyology, Integrative biology, Limnology,&nbsp; Mammalogy, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Mycology, Neurobiology, Oceanography, Oncology, Ornithology, Population biology, Population ecology, Population genetics, Paleontology, Pathobiology or pathology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychobiology, Sociobiology, Structural biology, Virology and&nbsp; Zoology. This is a quality controlled, peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> en-US (Asian Journal of Biology) (Asian Journal of Biology) Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:45:02 +0000 OJS 60 Population Dynamics and Seasonal Abundance of the Beetle Oryctes owariensis Beavois, 1807 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) in Raphia Palms in Bayelsa State, Nigeria <p><em>Oryctes owariensis</em> (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) beetle is a destructive insect pest of both raphia and oil palms, causing damage to the fronds and trunk thus leading to low yields and subsequent death of infested palms. This study was aimed at monitoring the seasonal abundance of the beetle using visual lure or light traps suspended on poles around raphia palm farms designed as experimental sites (Locations A, B, C and D) for a duration of two years (2018 and 2019) in Bayelsa State. Four sampling seasons were engaged in the study: Four months of dry (January- April) and four months of wet (June- September) yearly. The lamps were powered seven consecutive nights monthly. Beetles trapped were counted daily and the numbers recorded. The result showed that the beetle had one generation per year, was nocturnal with seasonal activity spreading out from dusk to dawn. Adult population was highest within the dry sampling months of March to April as the insects mate for breeding, the wet months June and July recorded drastic fall in the number of trapped beetles while August and September recorded no catch. A total of 283 beetles were captured during the dry season against 8 trapped at the wet. Therefore, the high efficiency of the light traps as capture/ monitor tools in ascertaining the seasonal abundance of <em>Oryctes owariensis</em> beetle in raphia palm farms is a possibility for use in Integrated Pest Management Programs for controlling the pest population before they reach the economic threshold level.</p> Ukoroije, Rosemary Boate, Abalis, Richard Otayor ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 29 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 The New Pandemic Covid-19: Treatment Options and Developments <p>SARS-CoV-2, the novel infectious causative factor of the new pandemic COVID-19 produced 5934936 total infected cases and 367166 death cases across multiple continents as of May 31, 2020. Majority of the world’s population are still vulnerable to COVID-19. As of now, there are no clear scientific proven treatment or drug to combat covid-19, but prevention and management can reduce the spread of virus. In this crisis, a vaccine, that can train the immune system to fight against this novel coronavirus becomes essential to control the further dissemination of the new pandemic COVID-19. This review provides insights into the on- going treatment options available for COVID-19 including antiviral drugs, Ayurvedic treatment, combination of drugs and plasma therapy. This review also aims to highlight on the development of vaccines and its clinical status.</p> R. Gayatri, S. Lavanya, Meeran Hussain, John Veslin ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000