Acaricidal activity of the essential oils from Eucalyptus citriodora and Cymbopogon nardus on larvae of Amblyomma cajennense (Acari: Ixodidae) and Anocentor nitens (Acari: Ixodidae)
A study was undertaken to explore the effect of volatile oils from Eucalyptus citriodora and its major constituent citronellal against two well-known rice pathogens, Rhizoctonia solani and Helminthosporium oryzae. The radial growth and dry weight of both the test fungi were drastically reduced in response to the volatile oils. A complete inhibition of R. solani and H. oryzae was observed at 10 and 20 ppm, respectively. Citronellal alone was found to be more effective than eucalypt oils. Based on the study, it was concluded that eucalypt volatile oils have potential for the suppression of phytopathogenic fungi.