American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Exposure to Citral, Cinnamon and Ruda Disrupts the Life Cycle of a Vector of Chagas Disease

Charles I. Abramson, Elis Aldana and Enrique Sulbaran

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2007.7.8

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 1

Pages 7-8

Abstract

The main vector of Chagas disease in Venezuela was exposed to the odors of citral, cinnamon and ruda. Cinnamon was found to stop the life cycle of Rhodnius prolixus relative to untreated animals. Citral and ruda also influenced the life cycle but not to the extent of animals exposed to cinnamon. We suggest that future research be directed toward using cinnamon in field and toxicity tests.

Copyright

© 2007 Charles I. Abramson, Elis Aldana and Enrique Sulbaran. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.