Journal article

Differential toxicological effects of natural and synthetic sources and enantiomeric forms of limonene on mosquito larvae

Perran A Ross, Neda Nematollahi, Anne Steinemann, Spas D Kolev, Ary A Hoffmann

AIR QUALITY ATMOSPHERE AND HEALTH | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Common fragranced consumer products, such as cleaning supplies and personal care products, emit chiral compounds such as limonene that have been associated with adverse effects on human health. However, those same compounds abound in nature, and at similar concentrations as in products, but without the same apparent adverse human health effects. We investigated whether different types of limonene may elicit different biological effects. In this study, we investigated the mortality rate of mosquito larvae in response to changes in their environment. Specifically, we tested different sources of naturally occurring R-limonene and chemically synthetized limonene, containing one of its enantiomer..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the support of this study provided by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub funded by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program; the National Health and Medical Research Council; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).