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07.430 - Insect Pest Protection through Jasmonic Acid Seed Treatment


Patent Reference: International Patent Publication No. WO 2008/007100.  US Patents: 8,115,053 & 8,507,756.  New Zealand Patent: 574108.  Mexican Patent: 304248.  Australian Patent: 2007274083.  Japanese Patent: 5322931.  Canadian Patent: 2657057.  European Patent: 2066176.


Dr Nigel Paul

Lancaster University (UK)


Jasmonic acid (JA) is a naturally occurring, non-toxic chemical which can be used as an environmentally benign pesticide applied as seed treatment resulting in long lasting protection against herbivorous pests. In tests seeds from tomato, sweet pepper, wheat and maize were treated with JA and plants grown from these seeds were subsequently challenged with a range of pests (caterpillars, aphids and spider mite). The effect of the treatment were reduced feeding and reductions in pest population and reproductive rates.


Worrall D, Holroyd GH, Moore JP, Glowacz M, Croft P, Taylor JE, Paul ND, Roberts MR (2012) Treating seeds with activators of plant defence generates long-lasting priming of resistance to pests and pathogens.  New Phytologist 193: 770-778.

Smart LE, Martin JL, Limpalaër M, Bruce JTA, Pickett JA (2013) Responses of herbivore and predatory mites to tomato plants exposed to jasmonic acid seed treatment.  Journal of Chemical Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s10886-013-0345-5.


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