Chemical composition of essential oils from four Rhododendron species and their repellent activity against three stored-product insects

  • Li Bai
  • Mei-Ling Jiao
  • Hong-Yuan Zang
  • Shan-Shan Guo
  • Yang Wang
  • Yu-Li SangEmail author
  • Shu-Shan DuEmail author
Short Research and Discussion Article


The objective of this work was to analyze four essential oils (EOs) from Rhododendron species in China and evaluate their repellent activity against Tribolium castaneum, Lasioderma serricorne, and Liposcelis bostrychophila adults. These four EOs from Rhododendron species, including R. capitatum, R. przewalskii, R. mucronulatum, and R. micranthum, were obtained by hydrodistillation. Major components of four EOs were identified as sesquiterpenoids by GC-MS. The relatively high components included cedrene (22.20%), borneol (36.64%), 4-(2,3,4,6-tetramethylphenyl)-3-buten-2-one (27.74%), and germacrene D (27.60%). Repellent activity of EOs from Rhododendron species was investigated against T. castaneum, L. serricorne, and L. bostrychophila adults for the first time. In this study, EOs had demonstrated their repellent activities against three stored-product insects in 2- and 4-h exposure. The above results can not only provide comprehensive utilization of plant resources of Rhododendron genus but also establish a very good perspective of novel application to control stored-product insects.


Essential oil Chemical composition Repellent activity Tribolium castaneum Lasioderma serricorne Liposcelis bostrychophila 


Funding information

This project was supported by the Science and Research Project of the Education Department of Liaoning Province (LYB201608).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of PharmacyLiaoning UniversityShenyangChina
  2. 2.Beijing Key Laboratory of Traditional Chinese Medicine Protection and Utilization, Faculty of Geographical ScienceBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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