Insecticidal activity of essential oil of Prangos ferulacea (Umbelliferae) against Ephestia kuehniella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and Trichogramma embryophagum (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae)

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Sumer Ercan F., BAŞ H., Koc M., PANDIR D., Oztemiz S.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY, vol.37, no.6, pp.719-725, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/tar-1211-15
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.719-725
  • Keywords: Ephestia kuehniella, essential oil, insecticidal activity, Prangos ferulacea, Trichogramma embryophagum, FUMIGANT TOXICITY, PLODIA-INTERPUNCTELLA, CHEMICAL-COMPOSITION, EGGS, FAMILY
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Essential oil vapors obtained by the hydrodistillation of Prangos ferulacea (Umbelliferae) were tested on the different stages of Ephestia kuehniella Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and egg parasitoid Trichogramma embryophagum Hartig (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Extracts of the volatile fractions from P. ferulacea were analyzed by capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The major compound of the essential oil was detected as 2,3,6-trimethyl benzaldehyde (66.59%) and the minor compound was heneicosane (0.02%). The third instar larvae of E. kuehniella (LC50 : 379.662 mu L L-1 air and LC99 : 538.755 mu L L-1 air) and the pupal stage of T. embryophagum (LC50 : 5.947 mu L L-1 air and LC99 : 19.568 mu L L-1 air) were found to be the most tolerant stages. The essential oil was toxic to the adult stages of both the pest and its parasitoid with 100% mortality obtained after 24 h at 1.0 and 0.25 mu L L-1 air, respectively. The LC50 and LC99 values of the essential oil against the egg stages of E. kuehniella and T. embryophagum were 320.372-486.839 mu L L-1 air and 2.121-5.662 mu L L-1 air, respectively. In general, the mortality rate increased with the increasing concentration of essential oil. The results of the study indicated that essential oil of P. ferulacea should be used as a control agent against E. kuehniella for an integrated pest management program.