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Antifeedant and insecticidal activity of compounds from Pseudowintera colorata (Winteraceae) on the webbing clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella (Lepidoptera: Tineidae) and the Australian carpet beetle, Anthrenocerus australis (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)

  • P.J. Gerard (a1), N.B. Perry (a2), L.D. Ruf (a1) and L.M. Foster (a2)

Extracts of the leaves of the New Zealand native tree Pseudowintera colorata (Raoul) showed insecticidal and antifeedant activity against the webbing clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella (Hummel), and antifeedant activity against the Australian carpet beetle, Anthrenocerus australis (Hope). Assay-directed fractionation showed that two sesquiterpene dialdehydes, polygodial and 9-deoxymuzigadial, were responsible for these activities. Both compounds had similar antifeedant and insecticidal activity at rates from 3 to 0.4 mg/g wool in bioassays.

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P.J. Gerard, New Zealand Pastoral Agriculture Research Institute Ltd, Ruakura Agricultural Centre, Private Bag 3123, Hamilton, New Zealand.
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