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Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 567–574 | Cite as

Nasonov pheromone of the honeybee.Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera, Apidae)

IV. Comparative electroantennogram responses
  • I. H. Williams
  • J. A. Pickett
  • A. P. Martin
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Abstract

Electroantennogram (EAG) responses from worker honeybee antennae were obtained for each Nasonov component. Response amplitudes to 10 μg of components correlated well with reported relative abilities to attract foragers in the field. EAG responses of worker, queen, and drone antennae to natural pheromone were consistently greater than to synthetic pheromone, a difference only partly explained by enzymic conversion of geraniol to (E)-citral during preparation of natural extracts.

Key words

Honeybee Apis mellifera Hymenoptera Apidae electro-antennography Nasonov pheromone multicomponent pheromone enzymic oxidation behavior foraging 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. H. Williams
    • 1
  • J. A. Pickett
    • 1
  • A. P. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Rothamsted Experimental StationHarpendenEngland

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