Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 1406–1413 | Cite as

Evaluation of efficacy of the essential oil from Ostericum viridiflorum (Turcz.) Kitagawa in control of stored product insects

  • Hai Ming Zhang
  • Shan Shan Guo
  • Bin Fan
  • Shu Shan DuEmail author
  • Yong Yan Wang
  • Zhi Wei Deng
Research Article


The natural and ecologically safe control of stored product insects has gained considerable attention in modern society. In this study of further searching for botanical pesticides from wild-growing plant, the contact toxicity and repellency towards Tribolium castaneum and Liposcelis bostrychophila were assessed for the essential oil (EO) from Ostericum viridiflorum. The EO was distilled from aboveground parts of O. viridiflorum and checked by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Twenty-two compounds were identified and the main components were β-caryophyllene (24.3%), α-humulene (21.0%), apiol (10.2%), and carotol (2.5%). For bioactivity tests, results indicated that the EO and its two main compounds (β-caryophyllene and α-humulene) all showed potent contact toxicity towards L. bostrychophila with LD50 values of 44.52 μg/cm2, 74.11 μg/cm2, and 118.56 μg/cm2, respectively. The EO and the two main compounds also exhibited comparable repellency towards T. castaneum and L. bostrychophila. The results evidenced the EO of O. viridiflorum aboveground parts and its major compounds could be considered for the development of eco-friendly botanical insecticides and repellents in controlling stored product insects.


Ostericum viridiflorum Essential oil Components Contact toxicity Repellency Tribolium castaneum Liposcelis bostrychophila 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hai Ming Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shan Shan Guo
    • 3
  • Bin Fan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shu Shan Du
    • 3
    Email author
  • Yong Yan Wang
    • 3
  • Zhi Wei Deng
    • 4
  1. 1.Experimental Research CenterChina Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Dao-di Herbs, National Resource Center for Chinese Materia MedicaChina Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijngChina
  3. 3.Beijing Key Laboratory of Traditional Chinese Medicine Protection and Utilization, Faculty of Geographical ScienceBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Analytical and Testing CenterBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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