Submitted to: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Publication Type: Review article
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/28/2009
Publication Date: 8/31/2009
Citation: Petroski, R.J., Stanley, D.W. 2009. Natural Compounds for Pest and Weed Control. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 57:8171-8179. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The control of insect pests and invasive weeds has become more species-selective because of activity-guided isolation, structure elucidation, and total synthesis of naturally produced substances with important biological activities. Examples of isolated compounds include insect pheromones, antifeedants, and prostaglandins as well as growth regulators for plants and insects. Synthetic analogues of natural substances have been prepared to explore the relationships between chemical structure and observed biological activity. Recent scientific advances have resulted from better methods for the chemical synthesis of target compounds and better analytical methods. The capability of analytical instrumentation continues to advance rapidly enabling new insights.