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Chitin Biosynthesis Inhibitors

  1. P. J. Jewess

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr046

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

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Jewess, P. J. 2003. Chitin Biosynthesis Inhibitors. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

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  1. IACR–Rothamsted, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

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  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Chitin biosynthesis inhibitors have significant effect on athropods, mollusks, annelid worms, coelenterates, the eggs of nematodes, and certain fungi. Consequently, they are not expected to have much of an effect on mammals, birds, and plants, which has limited their commercial success. Two groups of insecticides that interfere with chitin synthesis have been discovered by random screening. These are the benzolyureas and the thiadiazinone compound buprofezin.


  • chitin biosynthesis inhibitors;
  • benzolyureas;
  • buprofezin;
  • insecticide;
  • insect cuticle;
  • insect metamorphosis;
  • chitin formation;
  • ecdysis