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Repellency of methyl jasmonate to Ixodes ricinus nymphs (Acari: Ixodidae)
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Organic Chemistry.
2007 (English)In: Experimental & applied acarology, ISSN 0168-8162, E-ISSN 1572-9702, Vol. 42, no 3, 209-215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In our search for tick repellents of plant origin, to be used as alternatives to commercial arthropod repellents, we investigated the effect of the well known plant signaling compound methyl jasmonate (MJ) using nymphs of the tick Ixodes ricinus. In laboratory tests, pieces of cloth with MJ at 0.075, 0.15, 0.30 and 0.75 mg/cm(2) yielded increasing repellencies against the nymphs: 57%, 71%, 92% and 99%, respectively, of the nymphs did not cling to the cloth. Repellency of MJ was also investigated in a tick-infested woodland area in central Sweden. Cotton flannel cloths sprayed with 0.05, 0.1 or 0.2 mg/cm(2) MJ dissolved in acetone were dragged over the ground vegetation. The numbers of nymphs on the treated cloths were significantly lower than those on the untreated cloth. Thus, MJ has, at the concentrations tested, significant repellent activity against I. ricinus nymphs.

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2007. Vol. 42, no 3, 209-215 p.
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ixodes ricinus ticks, methyl jasmonate, higher plants, repellents, Sweden, acid, behavior, defense, tools
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16811DOI: 10.1007/s10493-007-9066-1ISI: 000248170500006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34447630127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-16811DiVA: diva2:334854
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QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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