10-methyldodecanal, a novel attractant pheromone produced by males of the south American cerambycid beetle eburodacrys vittata

Weliton D. Silva, Jocelyn G. Millar, Lawrence M. Hanks, José Maurício S. Bento

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We report the identification, synthesis, and field bioassay of a novel attractant pheromone produced by males of Eburodacrys vittata (Blanchard), a South American cerambycid beetle in the subfamily Cerambycinae. Headspace volatiles from males contained a sex-specific compound, identified as 10-methyldodecanal. In a field bioassay conducted in Brazil, significant numbers of males and females were caught in traps baited with synthesized racemic 10-methyldodecanal, consistent with the aggregation-sex pheromones produced by males of many cerambycine species. This compound represents a new structural class of cerambycid pheromones, and it is the first pheromone identified for a species in the tribe Eburiini.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0160727
JournalPloS one
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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