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Toxic and hormetic-like effects of three components of citrus essential oils on adult Mediterranean fruit flies (<i>Ceratitis capitata</i>)

Charalampos S. Ioannou, Dimitrios P. Papachristos, Kostas D. Zarpas, Stella A. Papanastasiou, Eleftheria-Maria D. Bali, Nikos T. Papadopoulos

by Stella A. Papanastasiou, Eleftheria-Maria D. Bali, Charalampos S. Ioannou, Dimitrios P. Papachristos, Kostas D. Zarpas, Nikos T. Papadopoulos

Plant essential oils (EOs) and a wide range of their individual components are involved in a variety of biological interactions with insect pests including stimulatory, deterrent, toxic and even hormetic effects. Both the beneficial and toxic properties of citrus EOs on the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) have been experimentally evidenced over the last years. However, no information is available regarding the toxic or beneficial effects of the major components of citrus EOs via contact with the adults of the Mediterranean fruit fly. In the present study, we explored the toxicity of limonene, linalool and α-pinene (3 of the main compounds of citrus EOs) against adult medflies and identified the effects of sub-lethal doses of limonene on fitness traits in a relaxed [full diet (yeast and sugar)] and in a stressful (sugar only) feeding environment. Our results demonstrate that all three compounds inferred high toxicity to adult medflies regardless of the diet, with males being more sensitive than females. Sub-lethal doses of limonene (LD20) enhanced the lifespan of adult medflies when they were deprived of protein. Fecundity was positively affected when females were exposed to limonene sub-lethal doses. Therefore, limonene, a major constituent of citrus EOs, induces high mortality at increased doses and positive effects on life history traits of medfly adults through contact at low sub-lethal doses. A hormetic-like effect of limonene to adult medflies and its possible underlying mechanisms are discussed.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177837

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