Campus Units

Biomedical Sciences, Entomology

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2014

Journal or Book Title

Biopesticides: State of the Art and Future Opportunities

Volume

ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1172

First Page

45

Last Page

56

DOI

10.1021/bk-2014-1172.ch004

Abstract

Plants have evolved beneficial and protective mechanisms including the production of essential oils. Essential oils are the odiferous component of plant extracts, which give plants a variety of unique properties. Essential oils are composed of various terpenoid compounds, particularly monoterpenoids and related aromatic compounds, along with sesquiterpenoids. A variety of terpenoids have been shown to have a toxic effect against insects. It is thought that this toxic action occurs through a neurological mechanism of action. Octopamine receptors and tyramine receptors are G-Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) primarily found in invertebrates, including insects. GPCRs have been a popular target for pharmaceutical development but not for agrochemical development. A summary of insect octopaminergic and tyraminergic systems is discussed.

Comments

Reprinted with permission from Biopesticides: State of the Art and Future Opportunities, ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1172. Copyright 2014 American Chemical Society.

Copyright Owner

American Chemical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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