Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 925–930 | Cite as

Feeding deterrency of some 4-hydroxycoumarins and related compounds: Relationship to host-plant resistance of alfalfa towards pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum)

  • David L. Dreyer
  • Kenneth C. Jones
  • Leonard Jurd
  • Bruce C. Campbell


A series of 3-acyl-4-hydroxycoumarins, structurally related to dicoumarol, as well as several alfalfa constituents including coumestrol were tested for their feeding deterrency towards the pea aphid. Feeding deterrency of the 3-acyl-4-hydroxycoumarins decreased as the size of the 3-acyl group increased.

Key words

Medicago saliva alfalfa Acyrthosiphon pisum pea aphid Homoptera Aphididae host-plant resistance phytoalexin 4-hydroxycoumarins coumestrol symbiotes feeding deterrency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Dreyer
    • 1
  • Kenneth C. Jones
    • 1
  • Leonard Jurd
    • 1
  • Bruce C. Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Department of AgricultureAlbany

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