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Reexamination of the Female Sex Pheromone of the Peach Twig Borer: Field Screening of Minor Constituents of Pheromone Gland Extracts and of Pheromone Analogs

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Several minor constituents in extracts of female peach twig borer, Anarsia lineatella Zeller, pheromone glands have been identified as decyl acetate, (E)- and (Z)-4- decenyl acetate, and (E,E)3,5- and (Z,E)3,5-decadienyl acetate. Decyl acetate and (E)-4- decenyl acetate were also identified in effiuvia from live female moths. None of the identified compounds enhanced the attractiveness of the standard blend of (E)-5-decenol and (E)-5-decenyl acetate (19:81) in field tests. However, the analogous compounds (E)-6- decenyl acetate and (E)-7-decenyl acetate were identified as behavioral antagonists, and strongly suppressed trap captures. When the contents of various commercial pheromone lures and mating disruption devices were analyzed, one batch of lures that performed very poorly in field tests was found to contain the inhibitory compound (E)-6-decenyl acetate.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1992

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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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