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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2011

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

Authors' information

Levi-Zada, Anat
Fefer, Daniela
Anshelevitch, Leoniod
Litovsky, Anna
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Protection Biology
Gindin, Galina
Soroker, Viktoria

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Agricultural Science

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