Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 497–505 | Cite as

Sex pheromone components from asian corn borer,Ostrinia furnacalis (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Taiwan

  • Sheau Farn Yeh
  • Kung Chi Lee
  • Kun-Ten Chang
  • Fu-Cheng Yen
  • Jenn-Sheng Hwang
Article

Abstract

The female sex pheromone of the Asian com borer,Ostrinia furnacalis, widespread in Taiwan, was confirmed as (Z)-12-tetradecenyl acetate and its geometric isomer (E)-12-tetradecenyl acetate in a ratio of ca. 3∶1 by gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in selected ion monitoring mode. Males were attracted by the mixture of these two synthetic components in the field, but the attractiveness was less than by virgin females. The presence of minor components in the sex pheromone was therefore suggested.

Key words

Lepidoptera Pyralidae Ostrinia furnacalis sex pheromone Asian corn borer (E)- and (Z)-12-tetradecenyl acetate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheau Farn Yeh
    • 1
  • Kung Chi Lee
    • 1
  • Kun-Ten Chang
    • 1
  • Fu-Cheng Yen
    • 2
  • Jenn-Sheng Hwang
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of BiochemistryNational Yang-Ming Medical CollegeTaipeiTaiwan, Republic of China
  2. 2.Tainan District Agricultural Improvement StationTainanTaiwan, Republic of China
  3. 3.Taiwan Agricultural Chemicals and Toxic Substances Research Institute WufengTaichungTaiwan, 41301, Republic of China

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