Horticultural Studies (HortiS) 2006, Vol 23, Num, 2     (Pages: 54-66)

Plant Essential Oils and Their Pest Control Potential

Emine TOPUZ 1 ,Nilgün MADANLAR 2

1 Batı Akdeniz Tarımsal Araştırma Enstitüsü, 07100-ANTALYA
2 Ege Üniversitesi, Ziraat Fakültesi, Bitki Koruma Bölümü, İzmir
Viewed : 1584 - Downloaded : 2045 In order to control pest in fields, extensive chemical pesticide application is still being continued that causes low yield and quality in agricultural product. With extensive uses of synthetic pesticides, many problems have been encountered such as environmental pollution, pest resistance, residue in foods and toxicity at mammalians. Hence, researches on possible use of several constituents naturally occurring in plants have been important as synthetic pesticide alternatives. Most of which have been focused on plant-derived essential oils.

In this study, chemical properties of essential oils, their obtaining methods and their effects against agricultural pests have been reviewed. Keywords : Essential Oil, Pest, Mode of Action