Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 28, Issue 8, pp 1583–1597

Field Response of Ips paraconfusus, Dendroctonus brevicomis, and their Predators to 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol, a Novel Alcohol Emitted by Ponderosa Pine

  • Dennis W. Gray

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019924428970

Cite this article as:
Gray, D.W. J Chem Ecol (2002) 28: 1583. doi:10.1023/A:1019924428970


Methylbutenol (MBO) is a major component of the aggregation pheromone of the European spruce beetle Ips typographus and also has been found to be emitted in large amounts by several species of pine native to western North America. This study investigates the influence this signal may have on the behavior of North American bark beetles and examines whether MBO functions as a defensive compound for emitting pines. The response of two North American bark beetles (Ips paraconfusus and Dendroctonus brevicomis) and their predaceous beetles (Trogositidae and Cleridae) to MBO, pheromone, and monoterpenes in varying release rates was investigated in the field using Lindgren funnel traps. MBO exhibited no repellent properties when tested alone, nor did MBO appear to have any effect on the aggregation response of these bark beetles and their predators to their pheromones. These results provide no support for a defensive function of MBO.

Bark beetle methylbutenol MBO 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol pher-omone Ips paraconfusus Dendroctonus brevicomis Cleridae Trogositidae Scolytidae monoterpene predator plant defense Ponderosa pine Pinus ponderosa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis W. Gray
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and EvolutionState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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