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Special Issue "Natural Products Acting as Insecticides or Herbicides"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Vincenzo De Feo

Department of Pharmacy, Universita di Salerno, Salerno, Italy
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Interests: fatty acids; phytochemistry; flavonoids; plant metabolites; sterols; phytotherapy; antibacterial; medicinal plants; essential oil; natural products; natural herbicides

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural products are chemical compounds or substances originating from living organisms. Secondary metabolites, both from plants and animals, play a pivotal role in biological and environmental interactions between organisms and ecosystesms. In recent years, there has been a major scientific breakthrough involving the exploration, characterization, and elucidation of the mechanisms of action of natural substances, in order to obtain new compounds with biological activity for use in agriculture. Moreover, growing concern about human and environment health had led to the development of natural methods for controlling agricultural pests. Because of non-phytotoxicity, sistemicity, easy biodegradability, and the stimulatory nature of the host’s metabolism, plant secondary metabolites possess the potential to be used in pest management. This Special Issue aims to collect and disseminate some of the most significant and recent contributions in the interdisciplinary field of natural products acting as insecticides or herbicides.

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo De Feo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • natural compounds
  • secondary metabolites
  • plant-derived insecticides
  • natural herbicides
  • bioactive substances

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This special issue is now open for submission.
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