Agrobiological Interactions of Essential Oils of Two Menthol Mints: Mentha piperita and Mentha arvensis

Molecules 2020, 25(1), 59

Danuta Kalemba1, Agnieszka Synowiec2,3


1Institute of Natural Products and Cosmetics, Lodz University of Technology, 90-924 Łódź, Poland

2LeStudium Institute for Advanced Studies, 45000 Orléans, France

3Department of Agroecology and Crop Production, University of Agriculture in Kraków, 31-120 Kraków, Poland


This review article discusses the active constituents and potential of two menthol mint oils, Mentha piperita (MPEO) and Mentha arvensis (MAEO), as natural sources for botanical pesticides. The biological activities of these menthol mint oils, which can be useful in agriculture, have been broadly researched, especially toward phytotoxic microorganisms. To a lesser extent, the insecticidal and herbicidal activities of mint EOs have also been studied. It is apparent that the prospect of using menthol mint oils in agriculture is increasing in popularity. A number of investigations showed that the in vitro efficacy of MPEO and MAEO, as well as that of their main constituent, menthol, is pronounced. The results of in vitro research are useful for choosing EOs for further investigations. However, it is clear that in situ experiments are crucial and should be more extensively developed. At the same time, known techniques are to be applied to this area and new methods should be worked out, aiming at the improvement of EOs’ pesticidal efficacy and cost-effectiveness, for future implementation in agricultural pest control.


Botanical pesticides
Chemical composition
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