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Identification of the sex pheromone of the lesser date moth, Batrachedra amydraula, using sequential SPME auto-sampling

Levi-Zada, Anat; Fefer, Daniela; Anshelevitch, Leonid; Litovsky, Anna; Bengtsson, Marie; Gindin, Galina; Soroker, Victoria


The identification of the sex pheromone of the lesser date moth, Batrachedra amydraula (Meyrick) was based on GC-MS analysis of volatiles released by virgin females using sequential SPME auto-sampling of headspace and by synthesis of the key component, (4Z,7Z)-4,7-decadien-1-yl acetate. Substantial capture of males in a date palm plantation using a bait consisting of the key component and 5Z-decen-1-yl acetate in a ratio of 1:2 indicated that these are the essential components of the sex pheromone. Addition of 4Z-decen-1-yl acetate and decan-1-yl acetate, which were also identified, did not affect trap-capture. The lesser date moth is the first member of the Batrachedridae whose sex pheromone has been identified. (4Z,7Z)-4,7-Decadien-1-yl acetate is a novel compound among moth sex pheromones. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Lesser date moth; Batrachedra amydraula; Sex pheromone; (4Z,7Z)-4,7-Decadien-1-yl acetate; Sequential GC-MS sampling

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Tetrahedron Letters
2011, Volume: 52, number: 35, pages: 4550-4553
Publisher: Elsevier

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    Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
    Agricultural Science

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