Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 46–49 | Cite as

The Pattern of Straight Chain Hydrocarbons Released by Yucca Flowers (Asparagaceae)

  • Armin Tröger
  • Glenn P. Svensson
  • David M. Althoff
  • Kari A. Segraves
  • Robert A. Raguso
  • Wittko FranckeEmail author
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The hydrocarbon pattern in the floral scent of Yucca species was found to comprise a group of unbranched, mid-chain alkanes, alkenes, and an alkadiene. In Y. reverchonii, highly dominant (Z)-8-heptadecene is accompanied by (6Z,9Z)-6,9-heptadecadiene and heptadecane as minor components and by traces of other saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons with similar chain length. Some of these volatiles proved to be perceived by the antennae of Tegeticula cassandra (pollinating seed-eater of Yucca) and Prodoxus decipiens (herbivore on Yucca). The possible biosynthesis of the compounds is discussed.


Yucca Scent Hydrocarbons (Z)-8-Heptadecene Biosynthesis 



The research was partially supported by NSF award DEB 1556568 to DMA and KAS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armin Tröger
    • 1
  • Glenn P. Svensson
    • 2
  • David M. Althoff
    • 3
  • Kari A. Segraves
    • 3
  • Robert A. Raguso
    • 4
  • Wittko Francke
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Organic ChemistryUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiologyLund UniversityLundSweden
  3. 3.Department of BiologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  4. 4.Department of Neurobiology and BehaviorCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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