A strategy of rapidly screening out herbicidal chemicals from Eucalyptus essential oils

Aoxin Li, Hanwen Wu, Yuanjiao Feng, Siyu Deng, Aijiao Hou, Fenfang Che, Yuanyuan Liu, Qianqian Geng, Hanwen Ni, Yun Wei

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    BACKGROUND: To enhance discovering efficiency of new herbicidal compounds, a strategy for rapidly screening out strongly herbicidal chemical components fromnatural resources is necessary.
    RESULTS: Seventeen essential oils selected from 14 Eucalyptus species and hybrids were evaluated for their herbicidal activities on annual ryegrass. A feasible strategy was established for rapidly pinpointing the chemicals contributing to strong herbicidal activities without the process of isolation and purification of individual compounds. This strategy was based on gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) and verified by the bioassay results using several individual compounds. Two strong herbicidal compoundstrans-pinocarveol and휶-terpineolwere screened out using the strategy. The strong herbicidal activity of trans-pinocarveol was discovered for the first time.
    CONCLUSION: The established strategy of screening herbicidal compounds from natural resources is simple, feasible and reliable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)917-927
    Number of pages11
    JournalPest Management Science
    Issue number3
    Early online date24 Jul 2019
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


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