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Southern pine beetle: Olfactory receptor and behavior discrimination of enantiomers of the attractant pheromone frontalin

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In laboratory and field bioassays, the response ofDendroctonus frontalis was significantly greater to the mixture of (1S, 5R)-(−)-frontalin andalpha-pinene than to (1R,5S)-(+)-frontalin andalpfa-pinene. Electro-physiological studies revealed that antennal olfactory receptor cells were significantly more responsive to (1S, 5R)-(−)-frontalin than to (1R, 5S)-(+)-frontalin. Both enantiomers stimulated the same olfactory cells which suggests that each cell possesses at least two types of enantiomer-specific acceptors.

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Texas Agricultural Experiment Station paper no. 14496. The work was funded in part by McIntire-Stennis project 1525 (TAES) and the USDA program entitled “The Expanded Southern Pine Beetle Research and Applications Program” through TAES-CSRS grant 680-15-10. The findings, opinions, and recommendations reported herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Payne, T.L., Richerson, J.V., Dickens, J.C. et al. Southern pine beetle: Olfactory receptor and behavior discrimination of enantiomers of the attractant pheromone frontalin. J Chem Ecol 8, 873–881 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00994788

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