Plants of Himalayan Region as Potential Source of Biopesticides for Lepidopteran Insect Pests

  • S. G. Eswara Reddy
  • Shudh Kirti Dolma
  • Anuja Bhardwaj


The plant-based insecticides have received much attention in insect pest management due to their broad spectrum of activities and low toxicity against nontarget organisms. The plant products contain complex mixtures of monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and phenylpropanoid compounds that show multiple anti-insect properties such as toxicity, larvicidal, antifeedant, repellent, insect growth regulator, ovicidal, and fumigant activities. Due to these properties, botanical/plant products are gaining more attention as an alternative source for the management of insect pests. Besides, plant products are biodegradable into nontoxic products and potentially suitable for integrated pest management (IPM) programs. In this chapter, insecticidal activities of crude extracts/fractions/essential oils/pure compounds of major Himalayan plants against Lepidopteran insect pests are reviewed. The extracts/fractions/essential oils of some Himalayan plants screened in our laboratory for insecticidal activities against diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae), are presented. Similarly, the chemical constituents (composition) of few selected plants with high potential for practical use in pest control are also discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. G. Eswara Reddy
    • 1
  • Shudh Kirti Dolma
    • 1
  • Anuja Bhardwaj
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)PalampurIndia

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