Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 299–311 | Cite as

Synthesis, Bioassays and Field Evaluation of Hydroxycoumarins and their Alkyl Derivatives as Repellents or Kairomones for Aedes albopictus Skuse (Diptera: Culicidae)

  • Tovo Mbolatiana Andrianjafy
  • Lala Harivelo Ravaomanarivo
  • Voahangy Vestalys Ramanandraibe
  • Maonja Finaritra Rakotondramanga
  • Patrick Mavingui
  • Marc LemaireEmail author


In recent years, a significant increase in mosquito-borne diseases has been recorded worldwide. Faced with the limitations of existing methods for controlling the vector mosquito population, the development of attractants to bait traps and repellents to limit host-vector contacts could be promising and environmentally-friendly control strategies. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of hydroxycoumarins and their alkyls derivatives against Aedes albopictus, the main vector of several arboviruses. Synthesis, bioassays and field trials were carried out in Madagascar. The results showed that 3, 4 and 6-hydroxycoumarins are attractive to this mosquito, 4-hydroxycoumarin being the most effective both in the laboratory and under field conditions. In addition, a good synergistic effect was found with octenol to attract mosquitoes and especially Ae. albopictus in comparison to other mosquito species living in sympatry. On the contrary, the 4-s-butoxycoumarin and 4-s-pentoxycoumarin derivatives had a repellent effect with the former showing the most significant effect. Further optimization of the dose and structure of these products will be carried out in order to maximize their utility for the control of Ae. albopictus and other mosquitoes.


Aedes albopictus Vector Arbovirus Attractant Bioassay Field trials Hydroxycoumarins Repellent Synthesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tovo Mbolatiana Andrianjafy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lala Harivelo Ravaomanarivo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Voahangy Vestalys Ramanandraibe
    • 1
  • Maonja Finaritra Rakotondramanga
    • 1
  • Patrick Mavingui
    • 1
    • 3
  • Marc Lemaire
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory International AssociatesUniversity of Antananarivo-University of Lyon 1AntananarivoMadagascar
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of AntananarivoAntananarivoMadagascar
  3. 3.Université de La Réunion, UMR PIMITSainte ClotildeFrance
  4. 4.ICBMS, CNRS, UMR 5246University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1VilleurbanneFrance

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