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A new insect chemosterilant isolated from Acorus calamus L.


PLANT extracts have been tested for insecticide and juvenile hormone1 activity and some have been found with anti-juvenile hormone activity2. We have suggested3,4 that an essential oil of Acorus calamus L. inhibits interstitial cell activity; this would represent a new concept in insect chemosterilisation. We report here the identification of the component of the oil that is responsible for that inhibition; we have also established the importance of substitute groups and a side chain by testing various allyl benzene analogues.

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SAXENA, B., KOUL, O., TIKKU, K. et al. A new insect chemosterilant isolated from Acorus calamus L.. Nature 270, 512–513 (1977).

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