Experientia

, Volume 35, Issue 8, pp 989–990

An Argentine ant aggregation factor

Authors

  • G. W. K. Cavill
    • School of ChemistryUniversity of New South Wales
  • Phyllis L. Robertson
    • School of ChemistryUniversity of New South Wales
  • Noel W. Davies
    • School of ChemistryUniversity of New South Wales
Specialia

DOI: 10.1007/BF01949898

Cite this article as:
Cavill, G.W.K., Robertson, P.L. & Davies, N.W. Experientia (1979) 35: 989. doi:10.1007/BF01949898

Summary

(Z)-9-Hexadecenal, a general aggregation factor of the Argentine ant,Iridomyrmex humilis, has been isolated and chemically characterized. It is implicated as a component of the trail-pheromone complex on evidence that it is a constitutent of the ventral gland secretion, and that it both activates and attractsI. humilis workers.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1979