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Antitermite activity of β-caryophyllene epoxide and episulfide
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Organic Chemistry.
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2013 (English)In: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C - A Journal of Biosciences, ISSN 0939-5075, Vol. 68 C, no 7-8, 302-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Caryophyllene-6,7-epoxide and caryophyllene-6,7-episulfide can be easily synthesized from β-caryophyllene by autoxidation or episulfidation. The bioactivities of β-caryophyllene and its derivatives were investigated against the subterranean termite Reticulitermes speratus Kolbe. The antifeedant, feeding, and termiticidal activities of each compound were tested using no-choice, dual-choice, and non-contact methods. Antitermitic activities were not shown by β-caryophyllene, but were observed for the oxide and sulfide derivatives. Caryophyllene- 6,7-episulfide showed especially high antifeedant and termiticidal activities. Thus, naturally abundant, non-bioactive β-caryophyllene can be easily converted into an antitermite reagent via a non-biological process.

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2013. Vol. 68 C, no 7-8, 302-306 p.
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13C NMR, Autoxidation, Bioactivity
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Organic Chemistry Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-133258ISI: 000325675900007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84884214281OAI: diva2:660327

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Available from: 2013-10-29 Created: 2013-10-29 Last updated: 2013-11-11Bibliographically approved

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