Phytochemistry Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 371-390

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Nematicidal activity of essential oils: a review

  • Maria Fe AndrésAffiliated withInstituto de Ciencias Agrarias, CSIC Email author 
  • , Azucena González-ColomaAffiliated withInstituto de Ciencias Agrarias, CSIC
  • , Jesus SanzAffiliated withInstituto de Química Orgánica, CSIC
  • , Jesus BurilloAffiliated withCentro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón
  • , Paula SainzAffiliated withInstituto de Ciencias Agrarias, CSIC

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Plant parasitic nematodes are the most destructive group of plant pathogens worldwide and their control is extremely challenging. Plant Essential oils (EOs) and their constituents have a great potential in nematode control since they can be developed for use as nematicides themselves or can serve as model compounds for the development of derivatives with enhanced activity. This study reviews the plant EOs evaluated as potential nematicides and their toxic effects against pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) and root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.). Additionally, the nematicidal activity to M. javanica of several EOs from Spanish aromatic plants and their components is described.


Essential oils Nematicidal activity Root-knot nematodes Meloidogyne Pinewood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus Hyssopus officinalis Lippia alba Mentha arvensis M. longifolia M. piperita M. rotundifolia M. spicata Satureja montana Thymus mastichina T. vulgaris T. zygis