Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3828


Activity of essential oils as a biorational alternative to control coleopteran insects in stored grains

S. G. Pérez1, M. A. Ramos-López2*, M. A. Zavala-Sánchez1 and N. C. Cárdenas-Ortega3
1Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco. Calzada del Hueso 1100, Col. Villa Quietud, México, DF, CP 04960. 2Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores del Oriente del Estado de México. Paraje San Isidro s/n, Barrio de Tecamachalco, Municipio La Paz, Estado de México, CP 56400. 3Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Avenida Dr. Manuel Nava No. 6, San Luis Potosí, México, CP 78290.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 December 2010
  •  Published: 29 December 2010


The essential oils have been widely used as antiparasitical, bactericidal, fungicidal, antivirus and insecticidal. On the other hand the main method to control insect pest is using synthetic pesticides, but the development of insect resistance to this products, the high operational cost and environmental pollution have created the need for developing alternative approaches to control many insects pest, and in this sense the essential oils are an alternative to control many insects. This work is a review for the last five years, which shows the main essential oils from 30 botanical families with activity against coleopterans insect pest in stored grains. It was found that 22 species belong to the family Lamiaceae 17 of Asteraceae and 10 of Myrtaceae


Key words: Insecticidal, fumigant, repellent, antifeedant, activity, alternative.