Catnip: Its Raison d'�tre

@article{Eisner1964CatnipIR,
  title={Catnip: Its Raison d'�tre},
  author={Thomas Eisner},
  journal={Science},
  year={1964},
  volume={146},
  pages={1318 - 1320}
}
  • T. Eisner
  • Published 1964
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
Catnip (nepetalactone) is closely related chemically to certain cyclopentanoid monoterpenes recently isolated from insects, and it shares with some of these terpenes an ability to repel insects. It is suggested that the adaptive function of catnip is to protect the plants that produce it against phytophagous insects. 
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