Meaning of antifeedant in English:


Pronunciation /ˌantɪˈfiːd(ə)nt/


  • A naturally occurring substance in certain plants which adversely affects insects or other animals which eat them.

    ‘In this study, we clarified that many natural dyes of plant origin act as antifeedants to varied carpet beetles.’
    • ‘It offers detailed description of bioassay methods, treating all synthetic and natural antifeedants.’
    • ‘It has since been labelled the most potent antifeedant known for the desert locust.’
    • ‘Compounds from many different chemical classes have been reported to act as insect antifeedants.’
    • ‘He discusses species-specific bioassay procedures, modification of available antifeedants for use as insect control agents, and commercial applications.’
    • ‘Commercialization and the practical aspects of using antifeedants for pest control are not currently well developed, and many of the relevant limitations are highlighted.’
    • ‘The lack of persistence of the repellents and antifeedants, while not a serious problem for on-farm storage, significantly reduces their utility on field crops.’
    • ‘From the seeds of the need tree, Aza-Direct is a repellant, antifeedant, growth regulator, and causes pests to become more susceptible to other insecticides.’
    • ‘As an antifeedant, neem oil is so effective that in tests desert locusts, voracious herbivores, will starve to death before eating plants treated with neem oil.’
    • ‘Withanolides, extracted from solanaceous plants belonging to the genera Withania, Acnistus, Physalis, Jaborosal and Datura, are reported as antifeedants.’


1960s from anti-+ feed+ -ant.