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Molecules 2017, 22(10), 1321; doi:10.3390/molecules22101321

Essential Oils as an Alternative to Pyrethroids’ Resistance against Anopheles Species Complex Giles (Diptera: Culicidae)
Laboratoire d’entomologie fondamentale et appliquée (Lefa), Université Ouaga I Pr Joseph KI-ZERBO, 03 P.O. 7021 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Laboratoire de biologie moléculaire, d’épidémiologie et de surveillance des bactéries et virus transmis par les aliments (Labesta), Université Ouaga I Pr Joseph KI-ZERBO, 03 P.O. 7021 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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Received: 17 July 2017 / Accepted: 1 August 2017 / Published: 22 September 2017


Widespread resistance of Anopheles sp. populations to pyrethroid insecticides has led to the search for sustainable alternatives in the plant kingdom. Among many botanicals, there is great interest in essential oils and their constituents. Many researchers have explored essential oils (EOs) to determine their toxicity and identify repellent molecules that are effective against Anopheles populations. Essential oils are volatile and fragrant substances with an oily consistency typically produced by plants. They contain a variety of volatile molecules such as terpenes and terpenoids, phenol-derived aromatic components and aliphatic components at quite different concentrations with a significant insecticide potential, essentially as ovicidal, larvicidal, adulticidal, repellency, antifeedant, growth and reproduction inhibitors. The current review provides a summary of chemical composition of EOs, their toxicity at different developmental stages (eggs, larvae and adults), their repellent effects against Anopheles populations, for which there is little information available until now. An overview of antagonist and synergistic phenomena between secondary metabolites, the mode of action as well as microencapsulation technologies are also given in this review. Finally, the potential use of EOs as an alternative to current insecticides has been discussed.
essential oils; Anopheles sp.; insecticides; repellent; pyrethroid resistance

1. Introduction

Malaria, caused mainly by Anopheles mosquitoes, remains a major concern despite many efforts undertaken in vector control strategies. About 90% of malaria deaths worldwide in 2015 were registered in African countries, including the death of a child under five years old every 2 min [1].
Vector control relies primarily on two interventions in the form of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) [2,3]. This combination has saved thousands of lives during the past 10 years [2]. Pyrethroids, organochlorines (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, DDT), organophosphates and carbamates are the active insecticidal ingredients recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) for IRS, while pyrethroids were the only products used for LLINs. These insecticides are known to be neurotoxic. Unfortunately, resistance to most pyrethroids used against adult mosquito populations in public health treatments has been detected in many countries and is now widespread and reported in two thirds of the countries with ongoing malaria transmission problems [4,5,6,7].
According to Silva et al. [8], pyrethroid resistance genes, termed as “knock down resistance” (kdr) have already been found in at least 13 species (Anopheles gambiae, An. arabiensis, An. sinensis, An. stephensi, An. subpictus, An. sacharovi, An. culicifacies, An. sundaicus, An. aconitus, An. vagus, An. paraliae, An. peditaeniatus and An. albimanus) from mosquito populations on the African, Asian and, more recently, American continents. Seven mutational variants (L1014F, L1014S, L1014C, L1014W, N1013S, N1575Y and V1010L) have been described, with the highest prevalence of L1014F, which occurs at the 1014 site in channel sodium IIS6 domain [8]. In West Africa, pyrethroid resistance in Anopheles mosquitoes is mainly attributed to mutations of the sodium channel target site, the L1014F kdr [8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16]. To date, three mutations L1014F known as kdr-West, L1014S as kdr-East and N1575Y coexist in some countries and are widely distributed throughout Benin, Cameroon and Burkina Faso [7,8,17,18,19,20,21]. Up to now, in most countries, the kdr genes are almost fixed in mosquito populations due mainly to high selection pressure exerted on adults directly but also indirectly in case of pest control in agriculture. It is important to know that chemicals currently used in control of agricultural pests are also the same ones used for vector control, therefore they are source of increasing the potential for resistance selection in mosquitoes as in An. gambiae [6].
Human health risks associated with the use of chemicals have led to the growth of an environmental movement seeking sustainable alternatives in pest control. Therefore, in recent years, various workers have been concentrating their efforts on the search for natural products derived from plants as an alternative to conventional insecticides used in controlling vectors for which resistance was detected [22]. Among many natural products, essential oils (EOs) and their constituents have received considerable attention in the search for new pesticides, and have been found to possess an insecticidal potential [23]. These natural compounds are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for the environment and human health, which explains our interest in their use for a sustainable agriculture and human health.
According to Isman [24], most essential oils (EOs) and their major constituents are relatively non-toxic to mammals, with acute oral Lethal Dose (LD) values in rodents ranging from 800 to 3000 mg·kg−1 for pure compounds and >>5000 mg·kg−1 for formulated products. Many EOs show toxic effects against several insect species due to their multiple modes and sites of action in the insects’ nervous system [25,26]. Most widely known plants used for protection against mosquitoes belong to the families Myrtaceae, Lauraceae, Rutaceae, Lamiaceae, Asteraceae, Apiaceae, Cupressaceae, Poaceae, Zingeberaceae and Piperaceae [25]. According to Nerio [27], it is important to test some parameters of EOs such as their human toxicity, before promoting their use. Although some of them such as citronella, lemon and eucalyptus oils are recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as repellent ingredients for application on the skin due to their relative low toxicity, comparable efficiency and customer approval, others might possess a higher toxicity than chemicals and thus cause skin irritation [28].
Essential oils are oily aromatic liquids extracted from plants [29]. Techniques commonly employed for their extraction include hydrodistillation, steam distillation, solvent extraction, head space analysis and liquid CO2 extraction [30,31,32,33].
The review focuses on the examination of the recent knowledge concerning the use of essential oils and their constituents against Anopheles mosquitoes, the main vector of malaria diseases, for which little information is available. Bioactive components’ interactions, their mode of action and microencapsulation technologies are also addressed in this survey.

2. Chemical Composition

Essential oils are natural, complex, multi-component mixture including hydrocarbons (terpenes), oxygenated hydrocarbons (terpenoids), and phenylpropenes [34]. Both terpenes and terpenoids are based on the 2-methylbuta-1,3-diene (C5H8) unit called isoprene.
The isoprene unit builds up in repeating units to form monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, diterpenes, triterpenes and tetraterpenes containing 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 isoprene units, respectively. Only monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and diterpenes are found in essential oils. Monoterpenes together with sesquiterpenes are the most abundant constituents of essential oils [35]. They are either acyclic or cyclic. Terpenoids are terpenes with alcohol, phenol, aldehyde, ketone or ester functional groups (Figure 1). Phenylpropenes are compounds based on a phenylpropane skeleton and many are derived from a biochemical pathway called the shikimic acid pathway.

3. Toxicity to Eggs and Immature Stages in Anopheles sp.

Many plant essential oils are reported to possess ovicidal, larvicidal and pupacidal activities against malaria vectors according to the WHO test procedures [36,37,38,39]. Research reports show that essential oils have ovicidal activities against Anopheles gambiae s.l., An. gambiae s.s. [37], and An. stephensi (Table 1) [36,37].
Bassolé et al. [37] tested the efficiency of Cymbopogon proximus, Lippia multiflora and Ocimum canum essential oils against An. gambiae eggs and found that the LC50 values ranged from 61.9 to 188.8 mg·L−1. Eggs of An. stephensi were susceptible to the essential oils of Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cuminum cyminum, Curcuma longa, Juniperus macropoda, Ocimum basilicum, Pimpinella anisum, Zingiber officinalis and Cinnamomum zeylanicum. LC95 varied from 32.2 to 172.8 mg·L−1 [36].
According to Dias and Moraes [75], plant essential oils were considered active when their LC50 values were below 100 mg·L−1 against larvae vector mosquitoes such as Aedes sp. Thus, essential oils from 63 plant species demonstrated larvicidal activity against Anopheles anthropophagus, An. atroparvus, An. arabiensis, An. dirus, An. funestus, An. gambiae s.l., An. gambiae s.s., An. quadrimaculatus, An. stephensis and An. subpictus (Table 2). Table 2 shows that LC50 values were between 1.8 and 91.2 mg·L−1 whereas LC90 were from 4.1 to 199 mg·L−1. Many researchers have shown the efficiency of major compounds from EOs on Anopheles sp. larvae (Table 3). Essential oil from Curcuma longa was the most toxic against An. quadrimaculatus larva. All values are above the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline of 1 mg·L−1 for larvicides. The use of EOs extracted from plants seems to be problematic with regards to their LC50 values. However, these studies should be interesting, if the tests carried out take into account the susceptibility of reducing the use of the chemicals commonly used in human protection.

4. Essential Oils Toxicity in Anopheles sp. Adults

In addition to their effects on eggs and larvae, EOs exhibit toxic effects on adults of malaria vectors following WHO test kits and topical applications recommended by WHO [36,39,76,77] (Table 4). Recently, Deletre et al. [39] tested the toxic effects of 20 plant extracts on the adults of the malaria vector An. gambiae. Amongst them, the most promising plant extracts are those from Cymbopogon winterianus, Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Thymus vulgaris. The mortality due to these EOs was higher than that observed with permethrin. In Benin, Bossou et al. [77] investigated on the effect of nine EOs extracted from plants on susceptible strain “Kisumu”. The plants tested were Chenopodium ambrosioides L., Securidaca longepedunculata Fresen., Cochlospermum planchonii Hook. f. Ex Planch., Cochlospermum tinctorium A. Rich., Eucalyptus tereticornis Sm., Eucalyptus citriodora Hook. Cymbopogon citratus (DC.) Stapf, Cymbopogon schoenanthus (L.) Spreng. and Cymbopogon giganteus Chiov. They showed that mortality rate of An. gambiae “Kisumu” varies depending on the concentration. The most efficient essential oil was C. citratus, followed by E. tereticornis, E. citriodora and C. ambrosioides, C. schoenanthus, C. giganteus, C. planchonii and S. longepedunculata (Table 4). These oils showed 100% mortality rates. For instance, the threshold of susceptibility was fixed at 98% for the active molecules according to the WHO protocol [78]. The resistance/susceptibility status was evaluated according to WHO [78] criteria, considering mortality above 97% and below 90% representative of susceptibility and resistance, respectively, but between the two values, resistance should be suspected.
An. gambiae resistant strains were susceptible to all essential oils at the diagnostic doses tested, except for C. tinctorium and S. longepedunculata, for which resistance was suspected because the mortality was less than 97%. Then, according to the WHO protocols [78], diagnostic doses are defined as twice the lethal concentration (LC) for 99% mortality (LC99) on sensitive strains.
According to Bossou et al. [77], C. citratus, E. tereticornis, E. citriodora, C. ambrosioides and C. schoenanthus are potential promising plant sources for alternative compounds to pyrethroids for the control of the Anopheles malaria vector in Benin, where pyrethroid resistance was detected in the south part of the country, due to the massive use of permethrin and DDT. On the contrary, with the topical application, permethrin and deltamethrin seem to be toxic than the EOs in An. gambiae populations tested in a study done by Norris [76].

5. Repellency Effects of EOs against Anopheles Mosquito Adults

The repellent ability of EOs seems to be the major promising entomological use in the human health. According to Choochote [79], repellents are substances that act locally or at a distance, deterring an arthropod from flying, landing on or biting humans or animals (or any surface in general). It is also defined as a phenomenon that prevents a pest’s ability to track, locate and/or recognize its host. Hence, a repellent phenomenon can be a movement away from an odor source, but also an inability to find the host [80]. Recently, a review on repellency effects on diseases vectors has been published [25]. This review reported current evaluation approach of EOs and various methodology of repellents effects of synergists of EOs constituents.
In terms of methodology, the human bait method is mainly used as a common procedure. However, studies including positive controls are very scarce. In 2016, the review of Deletre et al. [80] identified five (5) types of repellent on the basis of the observed insect behavior: (i) true repellent (also called expellent, spatial repellent), which corresponds to an oriented movement of the insect away from an odor source without direct contact, (ii) odor masking (also called attraction inhibition), which is either a reduction in the attractiveness of the host or a disruption of the localization of the host by the odor cue, (iii) contact irritancy (also called landing inhibition or excito-repellent), an oriented movement of the insect away from a chemical after direct contact, (iv) deterrence (also called antifeeding, suppressant, anorexigenic and anti-appetant), which corresponds to a disruption of feeding activity by contact with or ingestion of a chemical, and (v) visual masking, which defines a reduction in the attractiveness of the host or a disruption of the localization of the host by a visual cue.
Amer and Mehlhorn [81] tested essential oils from 41 plants against An. stephensi using the human-bait technique [82]. The twelve most effective oils were those of Nepeta cataria, Jasminum grandiflorum, Cymbopogon citratus, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Melaleuca leucadendron, Amyris balsamifera, Melaleuca quinquenervia, Tagetes minuta, Viola odorata, Santalum album, Litsea cubeba and Ferula galbaniflua which induced a maximum protection time of 8 h and showed repellency percentage of 100% as that of DEET (The positive control). By using the same technique, Rajkumar and Jebanesan [83] evaluated EO of Centella asiatica L., Ipomoea cairica L., Momordica charantia L., Psidium guajava L. and Tridax procumbens L. against An. stephensi. The EOs of I. cairica, M. charantia and T. procumbens at 6% concentration exhibited relatively high repellency effect (>5 h), followed by C. asiatica and P. guajava which showed less effective (<2.5 h) [83]. Phasomkusolsil and Soonwera [84], tested the essential oils of Cymbopogon citratus, Cymbopogon nardus, Cananga odorata, Citrus sinensis, Eucalyptus citriodora, Ocimum basilicum and Syzygium aromaticum against Anopheles dirus at 0.21 mg/cm2. The repellency percentages were 84% to 98% and protection time varied from 24 to 132 min (Table 5).
In addition to their high toxicity against Anopheles sp. adults, the EOs from Cymbopogon winterianus, Cuminum cyminum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Thymus vulgaris possessed repellency and irritant actions by using treated paper technology recommended by the WHO [39]. In the repellent tests and at 1%, the proportion of mosquitoes escaping was above those found when permethrin and DEET was used as the positive controls [39]. Also, these EOs were irritants as well as DEET and permethrin (positive controls).
Abagli and Alavo [85] showed the potential of H. suaveolens EO as a mosquito repellent by the human–bait technique. After 6 h application, the mean number of An. gambiae that landed on treated volunteers was 0.50 and 0.45 for 10% H. suaveolens essential oil and DEET respectively, against six mosquitoes for the control subjects. H. suaveolens essential oil and DEET possess similarly effects.

6. Biologically Active Components of Essential Oils

The insecticidal activity of EOs is dependent on their chemical composition and on interactions between individual compounds [86]. Studies reported that EO activity is the result of their inherent biologically active components (Table 3 and Table 6). Generally, EO showing higher efficiency against larvae and adults mosquitoes was dominated by monoterpenes (Table 6).
The larvicidal activities of the essential oil can be related to its main compounds. The three main components of the essential oil of Mentha spicata—carvone, cis-carveol, and limonene—were responsible of its larvicidal activity against An. Stephensi [87]. Also, α-humulene and β-elemene, two main components of the essential oil of Syzygium zeylanicum, appeared highly effective against An. subpictus with LC50 values of 6.19 and 10.26 μg/mL, respectively against 83.11 μg/mL for the whole essential oil [65]. Ar-turmerone, a major component of Curcuma longa leaf and rhizome essential oils showed higher and lower efficiency against larvae of An. quadrimaculatus than that of the whole oil from Curcuma longa rhizome and leaf, respectively [50].
Carvacrol and terpinen-4-ol, two major constituents extracted from the Ocimum vulgare EO appeared to be most effective against An. stephensi (LC50 = 21.15 and 43.27 µg/mL, respectively) and An. subpictus larvae (LC = 24.06 and 47.73 µg/mL, respectively) [88]. The three main components of the essential oil of Plectranthus Barbatus—eugenol, α-pinene and β-caryophyllene—exerted the most potent larvicidal activity against An. subpictus (LC50 = 25.45, 32.09 and 41.66 μg/mL, respectively) [63].
The minor compounds could be also implicated in the adult mosquito toxicity of an essential oil. Thus, the toxicity of C. winterianus and C. cymimum oils could be due to their minor compounds, whereas this was not the case for C. zeylanicum and T. vulgaris oils, which toxicity could be due to cinnamaldehyde and the major compounds in the blend [90]. α-Pinene, limonene, terpinolene, citronellol, citronellal, camphor and thymol are common constituents of a number of essential oils that show mosquito repellent activity [91,92,93,94,95]. Among the sesquiterpenes, β-caryophyllene is considered to be a strong repellent against Anopheles sp. [91,96,97]. Phytol, a linear diterpene alcohol, possessed high repellent activity against An. gambiae in Kenya [98]. Repellent and irritant effects of Thymus vulgaris, Cuminum cymimum and Cinnamomum zeylanicum essential oils are usually considered due to one major compound [90]. Thus, the repellency effects of T. vulgaris, Cymbopogon winterianus and Cuminum cymimum was attributed to their main components carvacrol, citronellal, geraniol and cuminaldehyde, respectively [90]. Moreover, thymol and/or carvacrol; citronellal, geraniol, and/or citronellol; cuminaldehyde; and cinnamaldehyde, respectively, are implicated in T. vulgaris, C. winterianus, C. cymimum and C. zeylanicum oils’ irritant effects. In fact, there was no significant difference between the single compounds and associated essential oils [90].

7. Synergistic and Antagonistic Phenomena

The inherent activity of an EO can be expected to be related to the chemical configuration of the components, the proportions in which they are present and to interactions between them [99]. An additive effect is observed when the combined effects are equal to the sum of the individual effects. Antagonism is observed when the effects of one or both compounds are less when they are applied together than when applied alone. Synergism is observed when the effect of the combined substances is greater than the sum of the individual effects [100]. In some cases, the whole essential oil exhibited a greater pesticidal activity than its major components isolated, suggesting that the minor components are critical to the activity and may have a synergistic effect or potentiating influence [101].
In general, it appears that the effect of an active compound could be enhanced by other major compounds and/or modulated by minor compounds to give additive or synergistic effects. For example, repellency and toxicity of (E)-cinnamaldehyde could be synergistically enhanced by minor compounds like benzaldehyde, coumarin, phenyl ethyl alcohol, and (Z)-cinnamaldehyde, while the irritancy of carvacrol appeared to be reduced by minor compounds such as myrcene, borneol, α-pinene, γ-terpinene, terpinen-4-ol, limonene, and α-thujene [90]. Accordingly, minor constituents found in low percentages may act as synergists, enhancing the effectiveness of the major constituents through a variety of mechanisms [102]. A synergistic phenomenon among the metabolites may result in a higher bioactivity compared to the isolated components [97]. This synergistic effect is also observed with mixtures of oils. The high insect repellency and toxicity of the mixed oils might have resulted from synergistic action of the main components in the oils.
Studies on the interactions between oil compounds against An. gambiae remain very scarce. Recently, Deletre [90] investigated and showed a complexity in the biological activity of EOs for toxicity, irritancy and repellent tests. Nevertheless, no correlation was found between the activity of EO and activity from their major components. Many of the repellent studies have shown that synthetic compounds or blends of pure compounds are less effective when compared to the activity of their corresponding essential oils [25]. That was the case of cinnamaldehyde, the major constituent of C. zeylanicum [90].
In terms of toxicity, no synergistic effect was observed between the oil components but an antagonist effect was observed between a Cinnamaldehyde, a major constituent of C. zelanicum and other components explaining their low value [90]. An antagonistic effect between cuminaldehyde (a major component) and another constituent will be suspected for Cuminum cyminum EO due to the fact that the cumin blend was less irritant than essential oil.

8. Mechanisms of Action of Essential Oil Components

The modes of action of EOs are well documented [103], but nevertheless this review will highlight the target sites of EOs. Most monoterpenes are toxic to insects by penetrating the body through the respiratory system (fumigant effect), the cuticle (contact effect) or through the digestive system in case of ingestion [104,105].Several monoterpenes present in EOs are neurotoxic to insects. Rattan [106] described three major targets of insect neurosystems (the cholinergic, octopamenergic and GABA systems).
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) plays a key role in cholinergic synapses that are essential for insects and higher animals [107]. It is known to be a class of enzymes that catalyzes the hydrolysis of the neurotransmitting agent acetylcholine (ACh). Inhibition of AChE causes accumulation of acetylcholine in the synapses, so that the post-synaptic membrane is in a state of permanent stimulation, which results in ataxia i.e., general lack of co-ordination in the neuromuscular system, and eventual death [103,108]. A number of monoterpenes also act on acetylcholinesterase [103,109]. For example, linalool a monoterpene that is the major compound of C. sativum essential oil, showed a toxic effect to mosquitoes and was identified as an inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase [105].
According to Abdelgaleil et al. [110] monoterpenes such as cuminaldehyde, 1,8-cineole, limonene and fenchone have strong insecticidal activity and potent AChE inhibitory activity whereas other compounds like geraniol or R-carvone have strong insecticidal activity but are weak inhibitors of AChE. Hideyuki and Mitsuo [111] noted that the mixture of monoterpenoids could be active as synergists in the inhibition of AChE. In fact, these authors found out that limonene, linalool and lynalyl acetate mixture showed synergistic effects and were more inhibitory than bergamot oil or single monoterpenoid applications.
Carvacrol, α-pinene, and β-pinene inhibited the activity of Aedes albopictus larvae acetylcholinesterase with IC values of 0.05, 0.06, and 0.19 mg/mL, respectively [112]. Savelev et al. [113] by analysing synergistic and antagonistic interactions of anticholinesterase terpenoids, concluded with the evidence of synergy since the inhibitory activity of individual terpenes was lower than the whole oil. Keane and Ryan [114] mentioned that the validation of an inhibition in vitro of the AChE should be demonstrated additionally by an appropriate effect in vivo. These authors also pointed out the importance of not excluding additional modes of action of monoterpenoids.
Another possible target for essential oil activity is the octopaminergic system of insects. Octopamine is a naturally occurring multifunctional biogenic amine, which plays key roles as a neurotransmitter, neuromodulator and neurohormone in invertebrate systems, with a physiological function similar to that of nornephrine in vertebrates [115]. The acute and sub-lethal behavioral effects of essential oil compounds on insects and other vertebrates are consistent with an octopamenergic target site in insects, which acts by blocking octopamine receptors [116,117].
Physiological functions of OA appears to be mediated by pharmacologically distinct class of octopamine receptors viz. octopamine receptors (myogenic rhythm via Caþ concentration), octopamine 2A and octopamine 2B, octopamine 3 (activation of adenylate cyclise activity), which are coupled to different second messenger system belonging to the family of G-protein coupled receptors (G-PCRs) [117,118,119,120]. It was subsequently shown that treatment with the octopaminergic antagonist phentolamine effectively inhibited the cyclic AMP levels induced by essential oil treatment, indicating a possible competitive activation of octopaminergic receptors by essential oil constituents.
Enan [117] showed that low doses of eugenol caused a significant increase in adenosine 3′,5-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) in the nervous system of P. americana, a similar effect to that of octopamine. The increase in cAMP caused by octopamine was blocked by a mixture of three essential oil constituents: eugenol, γ-terpineol and cinnamic alcohol. It was also demonstrated that low doses of eugenol significantly decreased octopamine receptor binding.
Ligand-gated chloride channels are recognized to be a target site for insecticides acting as antagonists by stabilizing non-conducting conformations of the chloride channel. Blockage of the GABA-gated chloride channel reduces neuronal inhibition, which leads to hyper-excitation of the central nervous system, convulsions, and then death [121].
Based on the [3H]-TBOB binding assay and 36Cl uptake assay, Tong and Coats [122] showed that some monoterpenoids can affect the functioning of insects’ GABA systems by binding to the GABA receptor and increasing the chloride uptake activated by GABA. Their studies revealed that in the American cockroach’s ventral nerve cord, carvacrol, pulegone, and thymol all significantly increased the 36Cl uptake stimulated by GABA, and that they did not increase the 36Cl uptake in the absence of GABA in the assay system showing that carvacrol, pulegone, and thymol were all positive allosteric modulators for insect’s GABA receptor. They modulated the insect GABA system by binding at the receptor and increasing chloride anion influx into the neurons.
Thujone is also classified as a neurotoxic insecticide, which acts on GABA receptors [123,124]. Thujone is a competitive inhibitor of [3H] EBOB binding (i.e., of the non-competitive blocker site of the GABA-gated chloride channel) and is a reversible modulator of the GABA receptor. It was suggested that thymol potentiates GABA receptors through an unidentified binding site [125].

9. Microencapsulation and Nanoemulsion Technologies

Application of essential oils is limited due to their rapid volatility. However, with new currently available technologies, it is possible to improve the duration of action of EOs. Microencapsulation is a technology for packaging an active ingredient in the form of droplets of a solid or liquid material (the core) inside a capsule, that is, a continuous film of polymeric material (the shell) ranging in size from one micron to several millimeters [126].
Microencapsulation processes are categorized into two groups: chemical processes and mechanical or physical processes [126]. The morphology of microcapsules can be as follows: (i) mononuclear containing the shell around the core; (ii) polynuclear that have many cores enclosed within the shell or (iii) matrix with the core material is distributed homogenously in the shell material [126]. Commercial microcapsules usually have a diameter between 3 and 800 μm and contain 10–90 wt % core [127].
The active products of EOs can be encapsulated, used with polymer resins or synergized by other compound like vanillin [105,128]. According to Tawatsin [129], oils from Curcuma longa, Cymbopogon winterianus and Ocimum americanum, especially with the addition of 5% vanillin, repelled Anopheles dirus under cage conditions for up to eight hours.
The compounds should be selected taking into account to their low toxicity to humans and must provide protection for at least 4 h. According to Deletre [90], compounds from citronella can be potential alternatives to repellents, especially since they are non-toxic individually and when mixed. This explains why this EO is used in microencapsulation experiments. Recently, a simple, low cost, scalable, and reproducible method has been set up by Specos [130]. This technology consists in preparing complex of coacervation microcapsules containing citronella EO. Using this technology, the study aimed at assessing repellent activity by exposure of a human hand and arm covered with treated textiles to Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. According to these authors, fabrics treated with microencapsulated citronella exhibited a higher and longer lasting protection from insects compared to fabrics sprayed with an ethanol solution of the essential oil, assuring a repellent effect higher than 90% for up to three weeks. Salomon et al. [131] showed that microencapsulation decreased membrane permeation of citronella EO by at least 50%. Another technology is encapsulated citronella oil nanoemulsion which is prepared by high pressure homogenization at varying amounts of surfactant and glycerol [132]. These authors showed that the release of citronella oil from high amounts of glycerol was much slower than that from the low glycerol amounts resulting in sustained mosquito protection time.

10. Concluding Remarks

Pyrethroids are widely used in controlling mosquitoes. They are used in bednet treatments, impregnation of clothes, indoor residual spraying and spatial treatments [133]. The advantage of pyrethroids is their effectiveness at low dosages. They are also toxic, irritant, fast acting, stable and safe for humans [134,135]. According to Duvallet [133], pyrethroids have four main effects on mosquitoes causing: (i) a spatial repellent effect by deterrence of adults from entering treated rooms; (ii) a contact irritant effect by short-lived settling of mosquitoes on treated bednets or walls; (iii) an anti-feedant effect by inhibition of blood feeding by female mosquitoes and (iv) toxic effect by inducing a knock down (KD) and mortality effect. In Africa, pyrethroid resistance in Anopheles populations is now widespread and could compromise the vector control strategies. Thus, the use of EOs as mosquito control insecticides would be greatly increased if their mode of action is not the same as that of currently used chemical products [136]. This raises the following question: Can EOs be used as an alternative to the pyrethroid resistance?
A number of EOs and several of their individual components exhibit insecticidal activity against several disease vectors. Their mechanism of action depends on component involving several targets such as the cholinergic, octopamenergic and GABA systems [137].
Therefore, knowledge of the physiological mode of action of these active essential oils is of great importance for their future use in health. EOs might be used as alternative to the resistance of pyrethroids if it were demonstrated that only channel sodium voltage dependant target sites are involved in this resistance. In fact, many EOs or their components act as inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase while the sodium channel voltage dependent is mainly implicated in pyrethroid resistance.
However, some cases of resistance to organophosphates and carbamates are reported due to the mutation in acetylcholinesterase gene 1 (ace-1R) [5,6,7], with a percentage reaching rarely 30% up till now [138]. Fortunately, this rate may decrease in the absence of OP and carbamate applications. Then, homozygous and heterozygous ace-1R vectors, which survive in the presence of insecticide, may be rapidly outcompeted in the absence of insecticide.
The synergistic interactions between EOs components are interesting; it is possible to mix two or three compounds with different effects to avoid habituation behaviour from mosquitoes. To date, microencapsulation, which improves the duration of action of certain EOs, can favor the use of ingredients of EOs in terms of impregnation of mosquito bednets. In conclusion, EOs have both toxic and repellent actions and could be envisaged as a way for sustainable management of pyrethroid resistance in Africa.


Authors are grateful to the project TWAS 15-259 RG/BIO/AF/AC, which supported the study on resistance monitoring. Authors also thank Souleymane BADO from International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA) and Jean ZIDA for editing this manuscript.

Author Contributions

O.G. and I.N.H.B. conceived and designed the study. O.G. and I.N.H.B. drafted, supervised and reviewed the manuscript. Each author approved the final manuscript.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


EOsEssential Oils
IRSIndoor residual spraying
LLINsLong-lasting insecticide treated nets
kdrknock down resistance
LDLethal dose
LCLethal concentration
US EPAUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
WHOWorld Health Organization
GABAGamma aminobutyric acid


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Figure 1. Structural formulae of selected essential oil components.
Figure 1. Structural formulae of selected essential oil components.
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Table 1. Toxicity of essential oils against eggs of Anopheles sp.
Table 1. Toxicity of essential oils against eggs of Anopheles sp.
Plant SpeciesPlant OrganExtraction MethodSpeciesLC50 (mg/L)LC90 (mg/L)LC95 (mg/L)Reference
Cinnamomum zeylanicumBarkHydrod.An. stephensiNINI130.0[36]
Cuminum cyminumSeedHydrod.An. stephensiNINI150.7[36]
Curcuma longaRhizomeHydrod.An. stephensiNINI89.9[36]
Juniperus macropodaFruitHydrod.An. stephensiNINI59.3[36]
Ocimum basilicumLeafHydrod.An. stephensiNINI172.8[36]
Pimpinella anisumSeedHydrod.An. stephensiNINI33.3[36]
Zingiber officinalisRhizomeHydrod.An. stephensiNINI32.2[36]
Lippia multifloraLeafHydrod.An. gambiae s.s17.133.5NI[37]
Ocimum canumLeafHydrod.An. gambiae s.s188.7488.0NI[37]
Cymbopogon proximusLeafHydrod.An. gambiae s.s52.891.1NI[37]
Hydrod. = Hydrodistillation; LC50, LC90 and LC95 are the lethal concentrations that kill 50%, 90% and 95% of eggs, respectively; NI: No information is available.
Table 2. Toxicity of essential oils against larvae of Anopheles sp.
Table 2. Toxicity of essential oils against larvae of Anopheles sp.
Plant SpeciesPlant OrganExtraction MethodMosquitoLC50 (mg/L)LC90 (mg/L)LC95 (mg/L)LC99 (mg/L)Ref.
Amomum subulatumLeafHydrod.An. subpictus41.280.3NINI[40]
Apium graveolensWhole plantSteam-d.An. dirus59.4111.7159.1[41]
Artemisia gilvescensPlantHydrod.An. anthropophagus49.997.4NINI[42]
Artemisia gilvescensWholeHydrod.An. anthropophagus49.097.0NINI[42]
Blumea densifloraAerial partsHydrod.An. anthropophagus10.033.0NINI[42]
Bunium persicumSeedHydrod.An. stephensi27.791.3NINI[43]
Carum carviWhole plantSteam-d.An. dirus72.2NI104.7128.7[41]
Chenopodium ambrosioidesAerial partsHydrod.An. arabiensis17.5NININI[44]
Chloroxylon swieteniaLeaf and stemHydrod.An. stephensi14.022.0NINI[45]
Cionura erectaRootHydrod.An. stephensi77.0199.0NINI[46]
Citrus aurantiumFruitHydrod.A. stephensi31.273.8NINI[47]
Citrus paradisiFruitHydrod.An. stephensi35.770.2NINI[47]
Coleus aromaticusLeafHydrod.An. subpictus60.3118.7NINI[48]
Cryptomeria japonicaLeafHydrod.An. gambiae67.1193.7NINI[49]
Curcuma longaLeafHydrod.An. quadrimaculatus1.84.1NINI[50]
Curcuma longaRhizomeHydrod.An. quadrimaculatus3.79.4NINI[50]
Curcuma zedoariaWhole plantSteam-d.An. dirus29.7NI40.247.7[41]
Cymbopogon citratusLeafHydrod.An. funestus34.6NININI[51]
Cymbopogon citratusLeafHydrod.An. gambiae18.0NININI[38]
Cymbopogon proximusLeafHydrod.An. gambiae69.7NININI[37]
Feronia limoniaLeafHydrod.An. stephensi15.036.7NINI[52]
Ferulago carduchorumAerial partsHydrod.An. stephensi12.047.0NINI[53]
Ferulago carduchorumAerial partHydrod.An. stephensi12.047.0NINI[53]
Foeniculum vulgareWhole plantSteam-d.An. dirus35.3NI38.840.9[41]
Juniperus proceraLeafHydrod.An. arabiensis24.534.2NINI[54]
Lavandula gibsoniPlantHydrod.An. stephensi62.8129.0NINI[55]
Lippia multifloraLeafHydrod.An. gambiae61.9NININI[37]
Mentha spicataAerial partHydrod.An. stephensi49.7101.0NINI[56]
Mentha spicataLeafHydrod.An. stephensi82.9NININI[57]
Murraya exoticaLeafHydrod.An. stephensi56.3107.8NINI[58]
Nigella sativaLeafHydrod.An. arabiensis23.4NININI[44]
Ocimum basilicumLeafHydrod.An. subpictus9.7518.6NINI[56]
Ocimum canumLeafHydrod.An. funestus91.2NININI[51]
Ocimum lamiifoliumLeafHydrod.An. arabiensis20.9NININI[44]
Origanum vulgareLeafHydrod.An. subpictus67.0128.6NINI[59]
Piper capensePlantHydrod.An. gambiae34.985.0NINI[60]
Plectranthus amboinicusLeafHydrod.An. gambiae55.299.1NINI[61]
Plectranthus amboinicusLeafHydrod.An. stephensi28.3759.4NINI[62]
Plectranthus barbatusLeafHydrod.An. subpictus84.2165.2NINI[63]
Plectranthus mollisWhole plantHydrod.An. stephensi33.5NININI[55]
Ruta chalepensisAerial partsAn. quadrimaculatus15.042.0NINI[64]
Salvia eleganAerial partsHydrod.An. quadrimaculatus6.215.8NINI[50]
Salvia leucanthaAerial partsHydrod.An. quadrimaculatus10.929.1NINI[50]
Salvia officinalisAerial partsHydrod.An. quadrimaculatus14.135.8NINI[50]
Schinus molleLeaf and seedHydrod.An. arabiensis21NININI[44]
Syzygium zeylanicumLeafHydrod.An. subpictus83.1164.2NINI[65]
Tagetes patulaLeafSteam-d.An. stephensi12.057.0NINI[66]
Toddalia asiaticaRootHydrod.An. stephensi69.0110.0NINI[67]
Trachyspermum ammiSeedSteam-d.An. stephensi80.8NINI172.1[68]
Zanthoxylum armatumSeedHydrod.An. stephensi58.0183.0NINI[69]
Zanthoxylum limonellaWhole plantSteam-d.Anopheles dirus57.2NI76.289.5[41]
Zhumeria majdaeLeafHydrod.An. stephensi61.3135.8NINI[70]
Zingiber nimmoniRhizomeHydrod.An. stephensi41.280.3NINI[59]
Hydrod. = Hydrodistillation; Steam-d. = Steam distillation; LC50, LC90 and LC95 are the lethal concentrations that kill 50%, 90% and 95% of eggs, respectively; NI: No information is available.
Table 3. Toxicity of essential oils components against Anopheles sp. larvae.
Table 3. Toxicity of essential oils components against Anopheles sp. larvae.
Components of EOSpeciesLC50 (mg/L)LC90 (mg/L)Reference
Monoterpene hydrocarbons
(+)-LimoneneAn. gambiae s.s.270.3NI[71]
LimoneneAn. stephensi8.817.6[72]
α-PineneAn. subpictus32.162.8[73]
TerpinoleneAn. gambiae s.s.404.71NI[71]
CamphorAn. anthropophagus129.7192.4[42]
CarvacrolAn. subpictus21.141.9[65]
CarvoneAn. stephensi19.337.1[72]
(−)-Carvone epoxideAnopheles gambiae s.s.124.7NI[71]
cis-CarveolAn. stephensi28.559.2[72]
EucalyptolAn. anthropophagus>200NI[42]
(−)-HydroxycarvoneAn. gambiae s.s.1172.2NI[71]
(−)-Isopulegol (2)An. gambiae s.s.49.4NI[71]
(+)-Limonene epoxideAn. gambiae s.s.200.8NI[71]
(−)-Perillyl alcoholAn. gambiae s.s.18.4NI[71]
Piperitenone oxideAn. stephensi25.8NI[57]
Terpine-4-olAn. anthropophagus76.7139.4[42]
Terpinen-4-olAn. gambiae s.s.337.7NI[71]
Terpinen-4-olAn. subpictus43.384.1[65]
ThymolAn. stephensi48.88NI[68]
ThymolAn. subpictus22.0640.0[48]
α-HumuleneAn. subpictus6.1912.0[65]
β-CaryophylleneAn. subpictus41.6684.9[65]
β-ElemeneAn. subpictus10.2620.0[65]
CaryophylleneAn. anthropophagus>200[42]
Germacrene DAn. anthropophagus49.81106.2[42]
α-CadinolAn. subpictus10.2720.4[74]
Ar-turmeroneAn. quadrimaculatus2.87.0[50]
Caryophyllene oxideAn. anthropophagus49.46115.4[42]
Germacrene D-4-olAn. subpictus6.1212.1[74]
EugenolAn. subpictus25.4550.6[65]
CurcuminAn. quadrimaculatus32.574.6[50]
DesmethoxycurcuminAn. quadrimaculatus29.766.7[50]
LC50 and LC90 are the lethal concentrations that kill 50% and 90%, 95% and 99% of larvae, respectively.
Table 4. Essential oils’ toxicity against Anopheles sp. adults.
Table 4. Essential oils’ toxicity against Anopheles sp. adults.
Plant SpeciesPlant OrganExtraction MethodMosquitoMethodsLC50 (mg/L)LD50 (µg/g Mosquito)LC95 (mg/mat)LC99 (mg/L)Ref.
* DeltamethrinAn. gambiaeTA0.003[76]
* PermethrinAn. gambiaeTA0.6[76]
Apium graveolens L.NINIAn. gambiaeTA600.0[76]
Apium graveolens L.NINIAn. gambiaeTA4.5[76]
Apium graveolens L.NINIAn. gambiaeTA18.0[76]
Apium graveolens L.seedNIAn. gambiaeTA6.6[76]
Artemisia absinthiumNINIAn. gambiaTA12.0[76]
Cedrus sp.NINIAn. gambiaeTA3.8[76]
Chenopodium ambrosioidesLeafy stemsHydrod.An. gambiaeWHOTK0.92.1[77]
Cinnamomum zeylanicumBarkHydrod.An. stephensiMA286.2[36]
Cinnamomun zeylanicumbarkNSAn. gambiaeTA2.1[76]
Cinnamomun zeylanicumNINIAn. gambiaeTA2.9[76]
Citrus sinensisNINIAn. gambiaeTA11.1[76]
Cochlospermum planchoniiRootHydrod.An. gambiaeWHOTK2.37.6[77]
Cuminum cyminumSeedHydrod.An. stephensiMA305.2[36]
Curcuma longaRhizomeHydrod.An. stephensiMA302.6[36]
Cymbopogon citratusLeafHydrod.An. gambiaeWHO test kits0.20.4[77]
Cymbopogon citratusNINIAn. gambiaeTA3[76]
Cymbopogon schoenanthusLeafy stemsHydrod.An. gambiaeWHOTK1.572.7[77]
Cymbopogon winterianusNINIAn. gambiaeTA3.9[76]
Eucalyptus tereticornisLeafHydrod.An. gambiaeWHOTK0.1481.4[77]
Gaultheria procumbensNINIAn. gambiaeTA11.1[76]
Juniperus virginianaNINIAn. gambiaeTA7.7[76]
Litsea cubebaNINIAn. gambiaeTA4.0[76]
Mentha piperitaNINIAn. gambiaeTA6.8[76]
Myristica fragransNINIAn. gambiaeTA10.5[76]
Ocimum basilicumLeafHydrod.An. stephensiMA316.4[36]
Origanum vulgareNINIAn. gambiaeTA1.6[76]
Pelargonium graveolensNINIAn. gambiaeTA2.6[76]
Petroselinum crispumNINIAn. gambiaeTA5.0[76]
Pimpinella anisumSeedHydrod.An. stephensiMA378.5[36]
Piper nigrumNINIAn. gambiaeTA8[76]
Rosmarinus officinalisNINIAn. gambiaeTA31[76]
Rosmarinus officinalisShootHydrod.An. stephensiMA282.6[36]
Sassafras sp.NINIAn. gambiaeTA10[76]
Sesamum indicumNINIAn. gambiaeTA5.9[76]
Syzygium aromaticumleafNIAn. gambiaeTA1.5[76]
* Chemical Positive controls; NI: Information is not available; TA = Topical application; MA = Mat machine, WHOTK = WHO test kits, LC50, LC95 and LC99 were Lethal Concentration that killed 50%, 95% and 99% adults mosquitoes LC50, LC95 and LC99 were Lethal Concentration that killed 50%, 95% and 99% adults mosquitoes LC50, LC95 and LC99 were Lethal Concentration that killed 50%, 95% and 99% adults mosquitoes, LD 50 was Lethal Dose that killed 50% of adults mosquitoes.
Table 5. Plant essential oils with high repellency to Anopheles species.
Table 5. Plant essential oils with high repellency to Anopheles species.
Plant SpeciesPlant OrganExtraction MethodMoquitoTest MethodConcentration (mg/cm2)Protection Time (mn)% RepellencyRD95 (mg/mat)Ref.
Amyris balsamiferaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Anethum graveolensNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5210.071.4[81]
Aniba rosaeodoraNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5390.04.8[81]
Anthemis nobilisNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.076.2[81]
Boswellia carteriAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5300.019.0[81]
Cananga odorataFlowerSteamd.An. dirusHuman bait0.224.092.0[84]
Chamaemelum nobileNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5330.047.6[81]
Cinnamomum camphoraNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.042.8[81]
Cinnamomum zeylanicumNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Cinnamomum zeylanicumBarkHydrod.An. stephensiCage test49.6[36]
Citrus limonNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5420.09.5[81]
Citrus sinensisFruitSteamd.An. dirusHuman bait0.212484[84]
Curcuma longaRhizomeHydrod.An. stephensiCage test93.7[36]
Cymbopogon citratusLeaf and stemSteamd.An. dirusHuman bait0.2132.098.0[84]
Cymbopogon citratusNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Cymbopogon nardusLeafSteamd.An. dirusHuman bait0.290.098.0[84]
Cymbopogon winterianusNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.052.4[81]
DEETNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Eucalyptus citriodoraLeafSteamd.An. dirusHuman bait0.230.086.0[84]
Eucalyptus citriodoraNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.052.4[81]
Eucalyptus divesNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.038.1[81]
Eucalyptus globulusNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5330.028.6[81]
Eucalyptus radiataNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.042.8[81]
Ferula galbanifluaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Glycina maxNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.076.2[81]
Glycina sojaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.09.5[81]
Helichrysum italicumNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5360.047.6[81]
Jasminum grandiflorumNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Juniperus communisNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.076.2[81]
Juniperus virginianaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.038.1[81]
Lavandula angustifoliaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.080.9[81]
Lippia citriodoraNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5330.038.1[81]
Litsea cubebaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Melaleuca leucadendronNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Melaleuca quinquenerviaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Mentha piperitaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5390.057.1[81]
Myrtus communisNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5390.042.8[81]
Nepeta catariaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Ocimum basilicumLeafHydrod.An. stephensiCage test75.0[36]
Ocimum basilicumLeafSteamd.An. dirusHuman bait0.296.096.0[84]
Ocimum basilicumNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5210.066.7[81]
Olea europaeaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.071.4[81]
Pelargonium graveolensNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.061.9[81]
Picea excelsaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5180.019.0[81]
Pimpinella anisumSeedHydrod.An. stephensiCage test154.1[36]
Piper nigrumNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5180.061.9[81]
Rosmarinus officinalisShootHydrod.An. stephensiCage test38.9[36]
Rosmarinus officinalisNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Salvia sclareaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5300.019.0[81]
Santalum albumNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Syzygium aromaticumFlowerSteamd.An. dirusHuman bait0.296.098.0[84]
Tagetes minutaNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
Thymus serpyllumNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5450.033.3[81]
Viola odorataNINIAn. stephensiHuman bait0.5480.0100.0[81]
DEET: N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzanmide, used as repellent positive control; RD50 and RD95 are the doses that repel 50% and 95% of adults, respectively [44].
Table 6. Essential oil composition and their activity against Anophelineae populations.
Table 6. Essential oil composition and their activity against Anophelineae populations.
Plant SpeciesEssential Oil Major Components (%)Mono HydroMono OxySesqui HydroSesqui OxyMosquito SpeciesLarvicidal LC50 (mg/L)Adulcidal LC50 (mg/L)Ref.
Ocimum basilicumLinalool (52.4), Methyl eugenol (18.7)9.979.813.4An. subpictus9.7[56]
Blumea densifloraBorneol (11.4), germacrene D. (8.66), β-caryophyllene (6.6), γ-terpinene (4.3), sabinene (4.3), and β-bisabolene (4.2)25.925.229.310.7An. anthropophagus10.0[42]
Tagetes patulaLimonene (13.60), terpinolene (11.2), Z-β-ocimene (8.3), E-caryophyllene (8.0), piperitone (6.1), p-cymen-8-ol (5.4), piperitenone (4.9)40.621.29.33.1An. stephensi12.1[66]
Ferulago carduchorum(Z)-β-ocimene (43.3), α-pinene (18.2), bornyl acetate (3.9) stephensi12.8[53]
Chloroxylon swieteniaGeijerene (26.9), limonene (15.2), germacrene D (10.6), pregeijerene (7.8)22.92.753.93.0An. stephensi14.9[77]
Feronia limoniaEstragole (34.7), β-pinene (23.6), (Z)-caryophyllene (11.0), methyl (Z)-caryophyllene (11.0).32.546.913.07.2An. Stephensi15.0[52]
Cymbopogon citratusGeranial (39.3), neral (21.9), geraniol (15.6), myrcene (14.00)15.881.60.5An. gambiae18.0[38]
Chloroxylon swieteniaLimonene (12.9), geijerene (17.7), pregeijerene (9.92), germacrene D (8.84)21.15.4741.58.6An. stephensi19.0[45]
Bunium persicump-Cuminaldehyde (23.5), α-methylbenzenemethanol (14.6), camphor (13.5), γ-terpinene (13.1), β-cymene (8.5)33.353.75.81.5An. stephensi27.7[43]
Plectranthus amboinicusCarvacrol (28.6), thymol (21.7), α-humulene (9.7), undecanal (8.3) stephensi28.4[62]
Citrus aurantiumd,l-limonene(94.8) stephensi31.2[47]
Plectranthus mollisPiperitone oxide (23.7), fenchone (19.2), piperitenone oxide (13.0), β-caryophyllene (10.3)5.660.218.30.9An. stephensi33.5[55]
Cymbopogon citratusMyrcene (11.4), neral (30.2), geranial (32.8) funestus34.6[51]
Piper capenseδ-Cadinene (16.8), β-pinene (7.2), β-bisabolene (5.6), α-phellandrene (4.7), myristicin (4.), α-pinene (3.9), sabinene (3.8), β-cubebene (3.3), bicyclogermacrene (3.3), limonene (3.1), β-phellandrene (2.5), linalool (2.4), spathulenol (2.4)30.64.343.96.1An. gambiae34.9[60]
Zingiber nimmoniβ-Caryophyllene (26.9), α-humulene (19.6), α-cadinol (5.20), myrcene (5.10)19.79.551.916.2An. stephensi41.2[59]
Amomum subulatum1.8-cineole (39.8), α-terpineol (11.5), β-pinene (4.2), terpinen-4-ol (3.9)50.723.79.011.0An. subpictus41.2[40]
Mentha spicatacarvone (48.6), cis-carveol (21.3), limonene (11.3)11.383.23.20.7An. stephensi49.7[87]
Artemisia gilvescensCamphor (13.5), eucalyptol (12.1), terpine-4-ol (9.6), germacrene D (8.6)10.153.918.99.0An. anthropophagus49.9[42]
Plectranthus amboinicusCarvacrol (29.2), thymol (21.7), α-humulene (9.7), undecanal (8.3)14.964.29.77.9An. gambiae55.2[61]
Murraya exoticaβ-Humulene (40.6), benzyl benzoate (23.9)5.661.061.56.01An. stephensi56.3[58]
Zanthoxylum armatumLinalool (57.0), limonene (19.8), E-methyl cinnamate (5.7)21.775.0An. stephensi58.0[69]
Coleus aromaticusthymol (82.6)2.888.73.21.3An. subpictus60.3[48]
Zhumeria majdaeLinalool (31.2), camphor (38.5)18.977.40.60.7An. stephensi61.3[70]
Lavandula gibsoniThymol (10.4), α-terpinolene (22.2)5.660.218.30.9An. stephensi62.8[55]
Origanum vulgareCarvacrol (38.3), terpiene-4-ol (28.7)7.780.65.23.7An. stephensi67.0[88]
Cryptomeria japonicaKau-16-rene (23.3), β-elemol (18.3) gambiae67.1[49]
Origanum vulgareCarvacrol (38.30), terpiene-4-ol (28.7)7.780.65.23.7An. subpictus74.1[88]
Trachyspermum ammiThymol (66.7), p-cymene (17.4), γ-terpenene (10.1)29.867.9An. stephensi80.8[68]
Mentha spicataPiperitenone oxide (71.1), carvone (5.8), β-caryophyllene (2.3), limonene (1.3)1.476.92.3An. stephensi82.9[57]
Syzygium zeylanicumα-Humulene (37.8), β-elemene (10.7)1.20.964.624.9An. subpictus83.1[65]
Plectranthus barbatusEugenol (31.1), α-pinene (19.4), β-caryophyllene (18.4). subpictus84.2[89]
Ocimum canum1.8-Cineole (29.4), linalool (19.1), Perpinen-4-ol (7.5)10.435.28.4An. funestus91.2[51]
Eucalyptus tereticornisp-Cymene (16.7), caryophyllene oxide (14.2), spathulenol (13.5). cryptone (11.4)23.920.02.034.7An. gambiae0.1[77]
Cymbopogon citratusNeral (33.1), geranial (44.3)12.981.10.20.5An. gambiae0.2[77]
Chenopodium ambrosioidesAscaridole (41.9), α-terpinene (16.5), p-cymene (14.4), isoascridole (7.5)31.651.5An.gambiae1.0[44]
Cymbopogon schoenanthuspiperitone (58.9), δ-2-carene (15.5)19.863.52.312.8An. gambiae1.6[77]
Mono hydro: Monoterpenes hydrocarbon; Mono Oxy: Monoterpenes Oxygenated; Sesquiterpenes hydro: Sesquiterpenes hydrocarbon; Sesquiterpenes Hydro; Sesquiterpenes Oxygenated.
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