Terpenes are part of a diverse family of compounds that share a common structural element known as an isoprene unit. Many isoprene compounds are naturally occurring and are regularly encountered within the food chain as flavour and fragrance agents.
In nature, terpene compounds function as defence mechanisms in many plant groups and are synthesized in response to elicitor chemicals produced following infection, stress or mechanical injury. Because isoprene compounds occur in the food chain, with careful selection and formulation of terpene mixtures, their associated toxicity profiles are favourable, facilitating environmental and regulatory acceptance and offering the markets a far less toxic alternative to traditional chemical products. Terpenes also have well-documented bactericidal and fungicidal activity,
Extensive research and testing of Target-specific terpene mixtures has been performed and continue to be developed by Eden and TerpeneTech to fight specific pests. Three Terpenes were earmarked for research and Dossier submittal; Geraniol, Eugenol and Thymol. Therefore, we now have intellectual property and expertise in the application of terpenes for a number of environmentally friendly uses.