Sex pheromones produced by male boll weevil: Isolation, identification, and synthesis

James Homer Tumlinson, III, D. D. Hardee, R. C. Gueldner, A. C. Thompson, P. A. Hedin, J. P. Minyard

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Abstract

The response of female boll weevils to males, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, in laboratory bioassays can be reproduced by exposure to a mixture of compounds I, II, and either III or IV, all isolated from male weevils and their fecal material. The same response was elicited by mixtures of the synthesized compounds. Compound I is (+)-cis-2-isopropenyl-1-methylcyclobutaneethanol; II, cis-3,3-dimethyl-Δ1,β-cyclohexaneethanol; III, cis-3,3-dimethyl-Δ1,α-cyclohexaneacetaldehyde; and IV, trans-3,3-dimethyl-Δ1,αcyclohexaneacetaldehyde.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1010-1012
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume166
Issue number3908
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1969

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    Tumlinson, III, J. H., Hardee, D. D., Gueldner, R. C., Thompson, A. C., Hedin, P. A., & Minyard, J. P. (1969). Sex pheromones produced by male boll weevil: Isolation, identification, and synthesis. Science, 166(3908), 1010-1012. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.166.3908.1010