Identification of sex pheromone produced by female sweetpotato weevil, Cylas formicarius elegantulus (Summers)

R. R. Heath, J. A. Coffelt, P. E. Sonnet, F. I. Proshold, B. Dueben, James Homer Tumlinson, III

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Abstract

A sex pheromone of the sweetpotato weevil, Cylas formicarius elegantulus (Summers), was obtained from collections of volatiles from virgin females, and pheromone was isolated by means of liquid and gas chromatography. The purification procedure was monitored by quantitative laboratory and field bioassays and the compound was identified as (Z)-3-dodecen-1-ol (E)-2-butenoate by means of spectroscopic and microchemical methods. Synthesis, followed by laboratory and field bioassays, showed that the biological activity of the synthetic material was qualitatively and quantitatively indistinguishable from that of the purified natural product.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1489-1503
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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