Synthesis of the sex pheromone of the Japanese beetle

R. E. Doolittle, J. H. Tumlinson, A. T. Proveaux, R. R. Heath

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The stereospecific synthesis of the sex pheromone produced by the female Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica Newman), (R,Z)-5-1-decenyl)-dihydro-2(3 H)-furanone, is described. The pure synthetic R,Z form is a powerful attractant for males of the species in field bioassays and was competitive in attractiveness with live females, whereas the racemic Z isomer and the S,Z enantiomer were strong inhibitors of male response. The saturated analogs of both enantiomers were also synthesized stereospecifically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-485
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry


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