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Plant volatile analogues strengthen attractiveness to insect

Zhang, Youjun, Sun, Yufeng, Yu, Hao, Zhou, Jing-Jiang, Pickett, John ORCID: and Wu, Kongming 2014. Plant volatile analogues strengthen attractiveness to insect. PLoS ONE 9 (6) , e99142. 10.1371/journal.pone.0099142

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Green leaf bug Apolygus lucorum (Meyer-Dür) is one of the major pests in agriculture. Management of A. lucorum was largely achieved by using pesticides. However, the increasing population of A. lucorum since growing Bt cotton widely and the increased awareness of ecoenvironment and agricultural product safety makes their population-control very challenging. Therefore this study was conducted to explore a novel ecological approach, synthetic plant volatile analogues, to manage the pest. Here, plant volatile analogues were first designed and synthesized by combining the bioactive components of β-ionone and benzaldehyde. The stabilities of β-ionone, benzaldehyde and analogue 3 g were tested. The electroantennogram (EAG) responses of A. lucorum adult antennae to the analogues were recorded. And the behavior assay and filed experiment were also conducted. In this study, thirteen analogues were acquired. The analogue 3 g was demonstrated to be more stable than β-ionone and benzaldehyde in the environment. Many of the analogues elicited EAG responses, and the EAG response values to 3 g remained unchanged during seven-day period. 3 g was also demonstrated to be attractive to A. lucorum adults in the laboratory behavior experiment and in the field. Its attractiveness persisted longer than β-ionone and benzaldehyde. This indicated that 3 g can strengthen attractiveness to insect and has potential as an attractant. Our results suggest that synthetic plant volatile analogues can strengthen attractiveness to insect. This is the first published study about synthetic plant volatile analogues that have the potential to be used in pest control. Our results will support a new ecological approach to pest control and it will be helpful to ecoenvironment and agricultural product safety.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 November 2017
Date of Acceptance: 10 May 2014
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 14:52

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