Phytochemistry Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 361-369

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Essential oils for the control of reduviid insects

  • Paula SainzAffiliated withFacultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • , Jesús SanzAffiliated withInstituto de Química Orgánica General, CSIC
  • , Jesús BurilloAffiliated withCentro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria
  • , Azucena González-ColomaAffiliated withInstituto de Ciencias Agrarias-CCMA, CSIC
  • , María BailénAffiliated withFacultad de Ciencias Biomédicas, Universidad Europea de Madrid
  • , Rafael A. Martínez-DíazAffiliated withFacultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Email author 

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Chagas disease is an important vector-borne disease problem in South America, especially in rural areas where inhabitants are in contact with the reduviid insects that transmit the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Today, the main means of interrupting transmission of T. cruzi is to control the vector. Therefore, studies of new agents with activity against these vectors have a priority interest. This review covers recent studies on essential oils from plants that have demonstrated moderate to high activity against the main vectors of Chagas disease. Further, we investigate the constituents of essential oils of plants of the genera Mentha, Thymus, Satureja and Artemisia and their activity on Rhodnius prolixus using an excito-repellency test.


Activity Chagas disease Excito-repellency Rhodnius prolixus