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Repellency of methyl jasmonate to Ixodes ricinus nymphs (Acari: Ixodidae)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics, Systematic Zoology. (Medicinsk entomologi)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics, Systematic Zoology. (Medicinsk entomologi)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics, Systematic Zoology. (Medicinsk entomologi)
2007 (English)In: Experimental & applied acarology, ISSN 0168-8162, E-ISSN 1572-9702, Vol. 42, no 3, 209-215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In our search for tick repellents of plant origin, to be used as alternatives to commercial arthropod repellents, we investigated the effect of the well known plant signaling compound methyl jasmonate (MJ) using nymphs of the tick Ixodes ricinus. In laboratory tests, pieces of cloth with MJ at 0.075, 0.15, 0.30 and 0.75 mg/cm2 yielded increasing repellencies against the nymphs: 57%, 71%, 92% and 99%, respectively, of the nymphs did not cling to the cloth. Repellency of MJ was also investigated in a tick-infested woodland area in central Sweden. Cotton flannel cloths sprayed with 0.05, 0.1 or 0.2 mg/cm2 MJ dissolved in acetone were dragged over the ground vegetation. The numbers of nymphs on the treated cloths were significantly lower than those on the untreated cloth. Thus, MJ has, at the concentrations tested, significant repellent activity against I. ricinus nymphs.

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2007. Vol. 42, no 3, 209-215 p.
Keyword [en]
Ixodes ricinus ticks, Methyl jasmonate, Higher plants, Repellents, Sweden
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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-97766DOI: 10.1007/s10493-007-9066-1ISI: 000248170500006PubMedID: 17611808OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-97766DiVA: diva2:172827
Available from: 2008-11-12 Created: 2008-11-12 Last updated: 2011-01-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Plant-Derived Chemicals as Tick Repellents
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plant-Derived Chemicals as Tick Repellents
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ixodes ricinus is the main vector of Lyme borreliosis and Tick-borne encephalitis in Europe. Repellents provide a practical means of protection against tick bites and can therefore reduce transmission of tick-borne diseases.

In laboratory tests, pieces of cloth treated with MyggA Natural® (a commercial insect repellent) or with the essential oils of Corymbia citriodora (30%), Lavandula angustifolia (1 and 30%), Pelargonium graveolens (1 and 30%), Hyptis suaveolens (10%), Salvadora persica, Pistacia atlantica, Juniperus phoenicea (20%) and methyl jasmonate (MJ) (0.5%, 1.0%, 2.0% and 5.0%) showed strong repellent activity against I. ricinus nymphs.

In a tick-infested woodland in east-central Sweden, we tested by randomized, standardised methodology the potential anti-tick repellent activity of MyggA Natural® (roll-on), two concentrations of MyggA Natural® spray, RB86 (a commercially available insect repellent for horses), the essential oil of C. citriodora and three concentrations of MJ. Each substance was dissolved in acetone and applied separately to 1 m2 cloths which were then pulled over vegetation. Nymphal tick numbers on the cloths were recorded at 10-m intervals and differed significantly between treated cloths and the untreated control and also between collectors.

Volatile compounds from fresh and dried leaves of H. suaveolens and the essential oils of H. suaveolens (from Laos and Guinea Bissau) and S. persica, P. atlantica and J. phoenicea (from Libya) were collected by solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) and the constituents were identified by gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Two main sesquiterpene hydrocarbons in the H. suaveolens oil were β-caryophyllene and humulene. These were modified by oxidation and sulphidation to obtain effective tick repellent compounds with lower volatility. In all three oils from Libyan plants the main monoterpene hydrocarbons were α-pinene, sabinene, β-pinene, myrcene, α-phellandrene, 4-carene, β-phellandrene and γ-terpinene.

The selected plant species contained numerous volatiles known to have insecticidal, acaricidal, and/or insect repellent properties.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Universitetsbiblioteket, 2008. 61 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 574
Keyword
Ixodes ricinus, plants, essential oils, tick repellent, Sweden
National Category
Biological Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-9368 (URN)978-91-554-7337-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-12-05, Zootissalen, Evolutionsmuseet (Museum of evolution), Norbyvägen 16, SE-752 36, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2008-11-12 Created: 2008-11-12 Last updated: 2009-04-02Bibliographically approved

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