Identification of female-produced sex pheromone from banded cucumber beetle, Diabrotica balteata leconte (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

T. Chuman, P. L. Guss, R. E. Doolittle, J. R. McLaughlin, J. L. Krysan, J. M. Schalk, James Homer Tumlinson, III

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Abstract

A sex pheromone produced by female banded cucumber beetle adults, Diabrotica balteata LeConte, was isolated from volatiles trapped on Porapak Q and identified as 6,12-dimethylpentadecan-2-one. The structure was elucidated by spectroscopic analyses and confirmed by synthesis. The synthesized racemic compound was equal to the purified natural pheromone in eliciting responses by banded cucumber beetle males to field traps. A doseresponse characteristic was demonstrated for the racemic material formulated on filter paper or rubber septa and placed in field traps. The absolute configuration at the C-6 and C-12 positions was not established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1601-1616
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume13
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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