Caryophyllene-6,7-epoxide and caryophyllene-6,7-episulfide can be easily synthesized from β-caryophyllene by autoxidation or episulfidation. The bioactivities of β-caryophyllene and its derivatives were investigated against the subterranean termite Reticulitermes speratus Kolbe. The antifeedant, feeding, and termiticidal activities of each compound were tested using no-choice, dual-choice, and non-contact methods. Antitermitic activities were not shown by β-caryophyllene, but were observed for the oxide and sulfide derivatives. Caryophyllene- 6,7-episulfide showed especially high antifeedant and termiticidal activities. Thus, naturally abundant, non-bioactive β-caryophyllene can be easily converted into an antitermite reagent via a non-biological process.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section C Journal of Biosciences|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)