Termite Trail-Following Substance, Isolation and Purification from Reticttlitermes virginicus and Fungus-Infected Wood1,2

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The termite trail-following substance was isolated and purified from Reticulitermes virginicus (Banks) and wood infected by the fungus Lenzites trabea Pers. ex Fr. The purification procedures that gave the most consistent result with high yields were, in the order of successive steps: extraction in n-pentane, acid and alkaline washing, co-distillation with pure hydrocarbon mixture, column, thin-layer and 2 gas chromatographic steps. Judged by the results of chromatographic and spectroscopic analyses, the active principle of the trail-following substance from the termite appeared to be identical to that from the wood infected by L. trabea.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1969

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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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