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Semiochemistry of the Scarabaeoidea

Vuts, József, Imrei, Zoltán, Birkett, Michael A., Pickett, John A. ORCID:, Woodcock, Christine M. and Tóth, Miklós 2014. Semiochemistry of the Scarabaeoidea. Journal of Chemical Ecology 40 (2) , pp. 190-210. 10.1007/s10886-014-0377-5

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The superfamily Scarabaeoidea comprises a large and diverse monophyletic group. Members share ancestral characteristics, but often exhibit considerable differences in their ecology, physiology, or mating strategies. A large number of species are regarded as pests of crop or amenity plants, while others are beneficial to humans and even may be extremely rare as a result of anthropogenic activities. A significant number of chemical ecology-based studies have been conducted with the Scarabaeoidea in order to characterize semiochemicals influencing their behavior, such as pheromones and plant-derived allelochemicals. These may be used either to control or preserve populations of the beetles, depending upon pest or beneficial status. This paper is a review of the role and identity of the semiochemicals of the Scarabaeoidea, with comments on possible future research and applied opportunities in the field of chemical ecology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0098-0331
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 10:03

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