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Anti-termite and anti-fungal bio-sourced wood preservation ingredients from Dacryodes edulis (G. Don) H.J. Lam resin

  • Walter Fiacre Bédounguindzi , Kévin Candelier , Prosper Edou Engonga , Stéphane Dumarçay , Marie-France Thévenon and Philippe Gérardin EMAIL logo
From the journal Holzforschung


Dacryodes edulis (G. Don) H.J. Lam resin was hydro-distilled to recover essential oil (EO), and further purified to produce a heavy fraction constituting less volatile compounds. Chemical composition was investigated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and indicated that different monoterpenes and triterpenes were present depending on the analyzed fraction. Bioassays were performed on the different fractions to evaluate their anti-fungal and anti-termite properties. Results indicated that crude resin, its heavy fraction and its EO all had proved termicidal properties, which decrease on drying for EO and crude resin due to evaporation of monoterpenes. Conversely, no anti-fungal properties were observed for any fraction. Dacryodes edulis resin is therefore a new valuable bioactive ingredient for the formulation of wood protection products with anti-termite properties.

  1. Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: The authors thank the National Agency of Grants and Internship of Gabon for the PhD grant allocated to Walter Fiacre Bédounguindzi. LERMAB is supported by a grant overseen by the French National Research Agency (ANR) as part of the “Investissements d’Avenir” program (ANR-11-LABX-0002-01, Lab of Excellence ARBRE) (funder Id: The authors also gratefully acknowledge the GDR 3544 “Science du Bois” for its financial support for the STSM attributed to Walter Fiacre Bédounguindzi to perform termite tests at the Research Unit BioWooEB, CIRAD.

  3. Employment or leadership: None declared.

  4. Honorarium: None declared.


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Received: 2019-04-12
Accepted: 2019-11-12
Published Online: 2020-01-15
Published in Print: 2020-08-27

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