Eucalyptus essential oil as a natural pesticide

Batish, R. Daizy ; Singh, Harminder Pal ; Kohli, Ravinder Kumar ; Kaur, Shalinder (2008) Eucalyptus essential oil as a natural pesticide Forest Ecology and Management, 256 (12). pp. 2166-2174. ISSN 0378-1127

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Eucalyptus (family Myrtaceae), an Australian native, represented by around 700 species is a genus of tall, evergreen and magnificent trees cultivated world over for its oil, gum, pulp, timber, medicine and aesthetic value. Among the various wood and non-wood products, essential oil found in its foliage is the most important one and finds extensive use in food, perfumery and pharmaceutical industry. In addition, the oil possesses a wide spectrum of biological activity including anti-microbial, fungicidal, insecticidal/insect repellent, herbicidal, acaricidal and nematicidal. The present paper discusses this environmentally benign pest control using eucalyptus oils against bacteria, fungi, insects, nematodes, weeds and mites. The use of eucalyptus oil as a natural pesticide is of immense significance in view of the environmental and toxicological implications of the indiscriminate use of synthetic pesticides and overcoming/reducing the problem of increasing pest resistance.

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Keywords:Antimicrobial Activity; Eucalyptus species; Essential Oils; Environment Friendly Pest Control; Herbicidal Activity; Insecticidal; Insect-Repellent Activity
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