Bioactive Molecules Derived from Plants in Managing Dengue Vector Aedes aegypti (Linn.)

Sridhar Shanmuga Priya, Prabhakaran Vasantha-Srinivasan, Ammar B. Altemimi, Ramji Keerthana, Narayanaswamy Radhakrishnan, Sengottayan Senthil-Nathan, Kandasamy Kalaivani, Nainarpandian Chandrasekar, Sengodan Karthi, Raja Ganesan, Zina T. Alkanan, Tarun Pal, Om Prakash Verma, Jarosław Proćków

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Mosquitoes are the potential vectors of several viral diseases such as filariasis, malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Zika fever and encephalitis in humans as well as other species. Dengue, the most common mosquito-borne disease in humans caused by the dengue virus is transmitted by the vector Ae. aegypti. Fever, chills, nausea and neurological disorders are the frequent symptoms of Zika and dengue. Thanks to various anthropogenic activities such as deforestation, industrialized farming and poor drainage facilities there has been a significant rise in mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases. Control measures such as the destruction of mosquito breeding places, a reduction in global warming, as well as the use of natural and chemical repellents, mainly DEET, picaridin, temephos and IR-3535 have proven to be effective in many instances. Although potent, these chemicals cause swelling, rashes, and eye irritation in adults and children, and are also toxic to the skin and nervous system. Due to their shorter protection period and harmful nature towards non-target organisms, the use of chemical repellents is greatly reduced, and more research and development is taking place in the field of plant-derived repellents, which are found to be selective, biodegradable and harmless to non-target species. Many tribal and rural communities across the world have been using plant-based extracts since ancient times for various traditional and medical purposes, and to ward off mosquitoes and various other insects. In this regard, new species of plants are being identified through ethnobotanical surveys and tested for their repellency against Ae. aegypti. This review aims to provide insight into many such plant extracts, essential oils and their metabolites, which have been tested for their mosquitocidal activity against different life cycle forms of Ae. Aegypti, as well as for their efficacy in controlling mosquitoes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2386
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Aedes aegypti
  • adulticidal
  • larvicidal
  • metabolites
  • non-target toxicity
  • ovicidal
  • oviposition deterrent
  • plant crude extracts
  • pupicidal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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