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Response of Reticulitermes Flavipes To Fractions From Fungus-Infected Wood And Synthetic Chemicals

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At least 6 materials attractive to Reticulitermes Flavipes (Kollar) were found in wood partially decayed by Lenzites trabea Pers. ex Fr. These unidentified attractants were steam-volatile, neutral, unsaturated compounds. A non-attractive diester of phthalic acid was present in relatively large amounts. A crystalline material, which was not attractive, was identified as 3,4- dimethyl-8-hydroxyisocoumarin. This isocoumarin was also present in the wood alone, but not in the termites. Steam volatile attractants were also present in the fungus grown on synthetic media, in the wood alone, and in the termites. Testing of compounds of known structure for attractancy indicated that some materials with the propenyl and styryl radical were active, for example cinnamyl alcohol and isosafrole. Other attractive compounds were 6 ionones and certain camphor analogs. The attractivity of camphor may be due to a minor impurity.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1963

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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