Essential oil of Tagetes filifolia against the flour beetle Tribolium castaneum and its relation to acetylcholinesterase activity and lipid peroxidation

R. Olmedo, J.M. Herrera, E.I. Lucini, M.P. Zunino, R.P. Pizzolitto, J.S. Dambolena, J.A. Zygadlo
2015 Agriscientia  
The development of natural insecticides would help to decrease the negative impact of synthetic insecticides. Fumigant toxicity of essential oil of Tagetes filifolia Lag (Asterales: Asteraceae) and its major compounds were evaluated against Tribolium castaneum Herbst (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). The essential oils were analyzed by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. The essential oil and (E)-anethole were the most toxic at 24 h against adult insects (CL50= 2.4 y 2.6 µL/mL water,
more » ... ater, respectively). Changes in the products of lipid peroxidation were evidenced by an increase in malondialdehyde content. Acetylcholinesterase activity in vitro, of T. castaneum adults, was also reported. (E)-anethole and estragole showed similar acetylcholinesterase inhibition (54 and 63%, respectively at 5 mM). The present study constitutes one of the first contributions to understanding the relationship between the insecticidal action of essential oil and oxidative stress.
doi:10.31047/1668.298x.v32.n2.16562 fatcat:ak2na3d7svaevbcunpzzs5drsu