Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 435–444 | Cite as

Plant volatiles and components influencing behavior of the field slug,Deroceras reticulatum (Müll.)

  • J. A. Pickett
  • J. W. Stephenson


A new bioassay was devised in which slugs were allowed to follow trails of the aqueous volatiles isolated from plants by vacuum distillation. Volatiles from lettuce, carrot and dandelion induced greatest response. Components from lettuce, which at their most active concentrations can cause a response similar to that from the whole plant, were identified.

Key words

Slug Deroceras reticulatum plant component volatile behavior attractant feeding unsaturated C6 alcohols 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Pickett
    • 1
  • J. W. Stephenson
    • 1
  1. 1.Rothamsled Experimental StationHarpendenUK

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