The Potential of Thiarubrine C as a Nematicidal Agent against Plant- parasitic Nematodes


  • Susanna Sanchez de Viala
  • Bill B. Brodie
  • Eloy Rodriguez
  • Donna M. Gibson


Thiarubrine C, a polyacetylenic 1,2-dithiin isolated from the roots of Rudbeckia hirta (Asteraceae), exhibited strong nematicidal activity in in vitro and growth chamber assays. Thiarubrine C was toxic, in the absence of light, to the plant-parasitic nematodes Meloidogyne incognita and Pratylenchus penetrans at LC[sub5][sub0]s of 12.4 ppm and 23.5 ppm, respectively. A minimum exposure time between 12 and 24 hours was the critical period for nematode mortality due to thiarubrine C. Although thiarubrine C was not totally dependent on light for toxicity, activity was enhanced in the presence of light, especially with the microbivorous nematode, Teratorhabditis dentifera. Upon exposure of M. incognita juveniles to 20 ppm thiarubrine C for 1 hour, infection of tomato plants was greatly reduced compared to untreated checks. Thiarubrine C was also effective in reducing plant infection when mixed with soil 24 hours prior to or at planting, unlike other related compounds such as [delta]-terthienyl. Key words: assay, control, Meloidogyne incognita, nematicidal agent, plant extract, plant-parasitic nematodes, Pratylenchus penetrans, Rudbeckia hirta, Teraterhabditis dentifera, thiarubrine C.