Insect Pest Protection through Jasmonic Acid Seed Treatment

Tech ID: 07.430

Key Features

  • Insect pest protection through jasmonic acid seed treatment.
  • Environmentally benign pesticide applied as seed treatment results in long lasting protection against herbivorous pests.


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. 

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Published: WO 2008/007100

Granted: US 8,115,053; US 8,507,756; NZ 574108; MX 304248; AU 2007274083; JP 5322931; CA 2,657,057; EP 2066176; BR PI0714050-9; KR 10-1368546


Worrall D et al (2012).  Treating seeds with activators of plant defence generates long-lasting priming of resistance to pests and pathogens.  New Phytologist; 193(3): 770-778.

Smart LE et al (2013).  Responses of herbivore and predatory mites to tomato plants exposed to jasmonic acid seed treatment.  Journal of Chemical Ecology; 39: 1297–1300.

Contact: Dr Lars von Borcke

Dr Nigel Paul
Lancaster University (UK)