Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 1235-1252

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Chemical Analysis of Volatiles Emitted by Pinus sylvestris After Induction by Insect Oviposition

  • Roland MummAffiliated withInstitute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • , Kai SchrankAffiliated withInstitute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • , Robert WegenerAffiliated withInstitute of Organic Chemistry, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • , Stefan SchulzAffiliated withInstitute of Organic Chemistry, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • , Monika HilkerAffiliated withInstitute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin Email author 

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Gas chromatography – mass spectrometry analyses of the headspace volatiles of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) induced by egg deposition of the sawfly Diprion pini were conducted. The odor blend of systemically oviposition-induced pine twigs, attractive for the eulophid egg parasitoid Chrysonotomyia ruforum, was compared to volatiles released by damaged pine twigs (control) that are not attractive for the parasitoid. The mechanical damage inflicted to the control twigs mimicked the damage by a sawfly female prior to egg deposition. The odor blend released by oviposition-induced pine twigs consisted of numerous mono- and sesquiterpenes, which all were also present in the headspace of the artificially damaged control twigs. A quantitative comparison of the volatiles from oviposition-induced twigs and controls revealed that only the amounts of (E)-β-farnesene were significantly higher in the volatile blend of the oviposition-induced twigs. Volatiles from pine twigs treated with jasmonic acid (JA) also attract the egg parasitoid. No qualitative differences were detected when comparing the composition of the headspace of JA-treated pine twigs with the volatile blend of untreated control twigs. JA-treated pine twigs released significantly higher amounts of (E)-β-farnesene. However, the JA treatment induced a significant increase of the amount of further terpenoid components. The release of terpenoids by pine after wounding, egg deposition, and JA treatment is discussed with special respect to (E)-β-farnesene.

Egg deposition terpenoids monoterpenes sesquiterpenes induction jasmonic acid systemic effect Pinus sylvestris parasitoids sawfly Diprionidae Eulophidae