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Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária

On-line version ISSN 1984-2961

Abstract

GARCIA, Marcos Valério et al. Chemical identification of Tagetes minuta Linnaeus (Asteraceae) essential oil and its acaricidal effect on ticks. Rev. Bras. Parasitol. Vet. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.4, pp.405-411. ISSN 1984-2961.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-29612012000400011.

The control of tick species that affect animal production is vital for the economic welfare of the cattle industry. This study focused on testing the acaricidal activity of the essential oil from the leaves and stems of Tagetes minuta against several Brazilian tick species, including Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Amblyomma cajennense and Argas miniatus. The chemical composition of the essential oil was determined by chromatography and spectroscopy analyses, which revealed the presence of monoterpenes. The adult immersion test (AIT) and the larval packet test (LPT) were used to evaluate the efficacy of T. minuta essential oil in tick management at concentrations of 2.5, 5, 10, 20 and 40%. The results demonstrated that the T. minuta essential oil had over 95% efficacy against four species of ticks at a concentration of 20%. These results suggest that the essential oil of T. minuta could be used as an environmentally friendly acaricide.

Keywords : Tagetes minuta; ticks; phytotherapy; control.

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