Azadirachtin characteristics and uses

What is azadirachtin?

Neem oil
Neem oil

Azadirachtin or neem oil (C35H44O16) is a product obtained from the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) a tree from India, which, for its medicinal properties as well as its ecological values, is one of the most planted trees in the tropical countries.

Properties of azadirachtin

The oil extracted from this plant contains many flavonoids with insecticidal properties. This product inhibits the sensation of hunger in insects, which causes their weakening and subsequent death.

It is considered one of the best biological insecticides due to its practically null toxicity and its ability to be degraded after about 4 days of being applied by the action of water and sunlight.

Uses of azadirachtin

In gardening and domestic horticulture it is used as a general insecticide.

Is azadirachtin safe?

It is considered very safe.

How is azadirachtin applied?

The form of application is mixing it with water in a proportion of about 30 grams per 4 and a half liters of water.

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This article was endorsed by Julián Masats - Technical agricultural engineer specialized in horticulture and gardening.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

4 June, 2019

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