Arthropod-Plant Interactions

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 311–322 | Cite as

Comparative analysis of phenolic profiles of ovipositional fluid of Rhinusa pilosa (Mecinini, Curculionidae) and its host plant Linaria vulgaris (Plantaginaceae)

  • Ana Sedlarević
  • Filis MorinaEmail author
  • Ivo Toševski
  • Uroš Gašić
  • Maja Natić
  • Jelena Jović
  • Oliver Krstić
  • Sonja Veljović-Jovanović
Original Paper


Rhinusa pilosa (Gyllenhal) is a highly specific weevil that induces stem galls on the common toadflax Linaria vulgaris Mill. females oviposit the eggs near the apex of a growing shoot. The act of oviposition is accompanied by secretion of an ovipositional fluid, which is considered to be cecidogen, directly involved in gall induction. The remains of cecidogenic fluid were collected from the surface of the oviposition point on the stem. We performed a comparative analysis of the phenolics extracted from cecidogen, the stem and galls of L. vulgaris and adult and larva of R. pilosa by HPLC-DAD. One compound with A max at 273, 332 nm (R t 30.65 min) was exclusively found in the methanol extract of cecidogen. To further characterize the cecidogen and stem phenolic profiles, we used UHPLC coupled with an OrbiTrap mass analyzer. Among 49 phenolic compounds extracted from both the ovipositional fluid and the plant, protocatechuic acid and two phenolic glycosides were exclusively found in cecidogen: diosmetin-O-acetylrutinoside and an unidentified compound. The unknown compound produced an MS2 base peak at 387 and 327 and 267 m/z base peaks at MS3 and MS4 fragmentation, respectively, and had the molecular formula C32H31O18. The plausible role of phenolic compounds in the induction of gall formation on L. vulgaris is discussed.


Cecidogen Gall Linaria vulgaris Rhinusa pilosa Ovipositional fluid Phenolics 



This research was supported by III43001, III43010 and OI172017 project funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. The authors would like to thank Prof. Umeo Takahama, Department of Health and Nutrition Care, University of East Asia, Japan, for useful suggestions and comments during the preparation of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Sedlarević
    • 1
  • Filis Morina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ivo Toševski
    • 2
    • 4
  • Uroš Gašić
    • 3
  • Maja Natić
    • 3
  • Jelena Jović
    • 4
  • Oliver Krstić
    • 4
  • Sonja Veljović-Jovanović
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Multidisciplinary ResearchUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.CABIDelémontSwitzerland
  3. 3.Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  4. 4.Department of Plant PestsInstitute for Plant Protection and EnvironmentZemunSerbia

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