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Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 360–363 | Cite as

The Biosynthesis of Hexahydrofarnesylacetone in the Butterfly Pieris brassicae

  • Stefan Schulz
  • Selma Yildizhan
  • Joop J. A. van Loon
Rapid Communication

Abstract

Hexahydrofarnesylacetone (6,10,14-trimethylpentadecan-2-one, 1) is a widespread ketone occurring in plants and insects. Several species use this compound or the respective alcohol as part of their pheromone bouquet. Here, we showed by using deuterium labeled phytol (3) and GC-MS experiments that the Large Cabbage White butterfly Pieris brassicae can take up phytol in the larval stage and transforms it into 1 by oxidative degradation.

Key Words

Biosynthesis Pheromone Labeled compounds Terpenes 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for funding part of this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Schulz
    • 1
  • Selma Yildizhan
    • 1
  • Joop J. A. van Loon
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Organische ChemieTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Laboratory of EntomologyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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