Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 177, Issue 6, pp 695–699 | Cite as

(Z)-9-tetradecenal: a potent inhibitor of pheromone-mediated communication in the oriental tobacco budworm moth, Helicoverpa assulta

  • K. S. Boo
  • K. C. Park
  • D. R. Hall
  • A. Cork
  • B. G. Berg
  • H. Mustaparta
Original Paper


The behavioural significance of (Z)-9-tetradecenal to male H. assulta was tested by comparing the number of moths attracted to lures containing a standard synthetic female sex pheromone with lures in which (Z)-9-tetradecenal was also added. The standard pheromone mixture used contained 1000 μg (Z)-9-hexadecenal, 50 μg (Z)-11-hexadecenal, 300 μg (Z)-9-hexadecenyl acetate and 15 μg (Z)-11-hexadecenyl acetate impregnated on rubber septa. Addition of (Z)-9-tetradecenal to the standard pheromone was shown to significantly reduce the caught of male H. assulta when added in amounts greater than 10 μg or 1% of the major pheromone component in both field and net-house experiments. The reduction in catch was found to be dependent on the quantity of (Z)-9-tetradecenal added to the standard pheromone. The implications of these results on conspecific and inter-specific pheromone-mediated communication in H. assulta and related sympatric heliothine species is discussed.

Key words

Helicoverpa assulta Sex pheromone Inhibitor Interspecific interruption Field experiments 







(Z)-9-hexadecenyl acetate


(Z)-11-hexadecenyl acetate








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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Boo
    • 1
  • K. C. Park
    • 2
  • D. R. Hall
    • 2
  • A. Cork
    • 2
  • B. G. Berg
    • 3
  • H. Mustaparta
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Biology and Research Centre for New Bio-Materials in AgricultureCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National UniversitySuwonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Natural Resources InstituteKentUK
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyUniversity of Trondheim-AVHDragvollNorway

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