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

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Sümer Ercan F., BAŞ H., Koç M., PANDIR D., Öztemiz S.

Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, vol.37, no.6, pp.719-725, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/tar-1211-15
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.719-725
  • Keywords: Ephestia kuehniella, Essential oil, Insecticidal activity, Prangos ferulacea, Trichogramma embryophagum


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 μL L-1 air and LC99: 538.755 μL L-1 air) and the pupal stage of T. embryophagum (LC50: 5.947 μL L-1 air and LC99: 19.568 μL 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 μL 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 μL L-1 air and 2.121-5.662 μL 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.