Title

Nootkatone is a repellent for Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-3-2001

Abstract

We examined the behavior of Formosan subterranean termites toward one of the components of vetiver grass oil, the roots of which manufacture insect repellents. We found nootkatone, a sesquiterpene ketone, isolated from vetiver oil is a strong repellent and toxicant to Formosan subterranean termites. The lowest effective concentration tested was 10 3μg/g substrate. This is the first report of nootkatone being a repellent to insects.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of Chemical Ecology

First Page

523

Last Page

531

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