Kirk, WD and Hamilton, JG (2004) Evidence for a male-produced sex pheromone in the western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 30 (1). 167 -174. ISSN 0098-0331

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Olfactometer bioassays of walking adult western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) showed that virgin females (1- to 3-d postemergence) were attracted to the odor of 25 adult males, but not to the odor of 25 adult females, providing behavioral evidence for a male-produced sex pheromone in this species. In contrast to earlier findings, mixed-age adult males were attracted to the odor of adult males. GC analysis of odors collected on SPME fibers revealed two major components and five minor components that were present in the male odor and not in the female odor. The compounds were not present in hexane extracts of males, indicating that these compounds are produced on demand and not stored.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, pheromones, insects, pest control
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 15:43

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