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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Natural Products for Pest Management

Authors
item Rimando, Agnes
item Duke, Stephen

Submitted to: American Chemical Society Symposium Series
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: July 10, 2005
Publication Date: May 25, 2006
Citation: Rimando, A.M., Duke, S.O. 2006. Natural products for pest management. Rimando, A.M., Duke, S.O., editors. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC. Natural Products for Pest Management. p. 2-21.

Interpretive Summary: The topic of natural products as pesticides is reviewed, with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a natural product-based strategy for pesticide discovery. Current and past natural product and natural product-based herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, rodenticides, algicides, and nematicides are discussed, giving examples of each. Finally, the potential for genetically engineering synthesis of natural product pesticides into crops is critiqued. Natural products are a unique resource for pest management that we have only begun to utilize.

Technical Abstract: The topic of natural products as pesticides is reviewed, with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a natural product-based strategy for pesticide discovery. Current and past natural product and natural product-based herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, rodenticides, algicides, and nematicides are discussed, giving examples of each. Finally, the potential for genetically engineering synthesis of natural product pesticides into crops is critiqued. Natural products are a unique resource for pest management that we have only begun to utilize.

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