Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 1559–1568 | Cite as

Sex-specific activity of (R)-(−)- and (S)- (+)-1,7-dioxaspiro[5.5]undecane, the major pheromone ofDacus oleae

  • G. Haniotakis
  • W. Francke
  • K. Mori
  • H. Redlich
  • V. Schurig


1,7-Dioxaspiro[5.5]undecane (olean), the major component of the female sex attractant pheromone blend of the olive fruit flyDacus oleae (Gmelin) was shown to be released as a racemate. The response of males and females to pure (R)-(−) and (S)-(+)-enantiomers was tested under laboratory and field conditions. Males in laboratory and field tests responded only to (R)-(−)-olean, which functions as a sex attractant. Females responded only to (S)-(+)-olean in laboratory tests but not in the field. There are indications that the latter enantiomer fuctions as a short-range arrestant throughout the day and as an aphrodisiac in the process of mating.

Key Words

Dacus oleae olive fruit fly Diptera Tephritidae pheromones enantiomers sex attractants sex-specific enantiomers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Haniotakis
    • 1
  • W. Francke
    • 1
  • K. Mori
    • 1
  • H. Redlich
    • 1
  • V. Schurig
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentN. R. C. “Demokritos” Aghia ParaskeviAttikiGreece

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