, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1059–1061 | Cite as

Confirmation of sex pheromone biosynthesis from (16-D3)palmitic acid in the turnip moth using capillary gas chromatography

  • C. Lofstedt
  • A. Elmfors
  • M. Sjögren
  • E. Wijk
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(16-D3)palmitic acid was applied topically to pheromone glands of the turnip moth. After incubation omega labeled analogues of fatty acid methyl esters and acetates were identified by gas chromatography with flame ionization detection and selected ion monitoring. The pheromone components (Z)-5-decenyl, (Z)-7-dodecenyl- and (Z)-9-tetradecenyl acetate were all biosynthesized from palmitic acid along a common pathway.

Key words

Pheromone Lepidoptera Agrotis segetum biosynthesis palmitic acid capillary gas chromatography deuterium polyethylene glycol 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Lofstedt
    • 1
  • A. Elmfors
    • 1
  • M. Sjögren
    • 1
  • E. Wijk
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Ecological Chemistry, Department of EcologyLund UniversityLund(Sweden)

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