Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 27, Issue 11, pp 2253–2262 | Cite as

Pine Weevil (Hylobius abietis) Antifeedants from Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)

  • Katharina Bratt
  • Kerstin Sunnerheim
  • Henrik Nordenhem
  • Göran Nordlander
  • Bo Långström


Pine weevils (Hylobius abietis) fed less on bark of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) than on bark of Scots pine (P. sylvestris). Two pine weevil antifeedants, ethyl trans-cinnamate and ethyl 2,3-dibromo-3-phenyl-propanoate, were isolated from bark of lodgepole pine. These two compounds significantly reduced pine weevil feeding in a laboratory bioassay. In field assays, the second compound significantly decreased pine weevil damage on planted seedlings. Ethyl 2,3-dibromo-3-phenylpropanoate has not previously been reported as a natural product.

Antifeedant ethyl 2,3-dibromo-3-phenylpropanoate ethyl trans-cinnamate Hylobius abietis lodgepole pine pine weevil Pinus contorta Pinus sylvestris Scots pine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katharina Bratt
    • 1
  • Kerstin Sunnerheim
    • 1
  • Henrik Nordenhem
    • 2
  • Göran Nordlander
    • 2
  • Bo Långström
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of ChemistryUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of EntomologySwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden

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