High Chemical Diversity in a Wasp Pheromone: a Blend of Methyl 6-Methylsalicylate, Fatty Alcohol Acetates and Cuticular Hydrocarbons Releases Courtship Behavior in the Drosophila Parasitoid Asobara tabida

@article{Stkl2014HighCD,
  title={High Chemical Diversity in a Wasp Pheromone: a Blend of Methyl 6-Methylsalicylate, Fatty Alcohol Acetates and Cuticular Hydrocarbons Releases Courtship Behavior in the Drosophila Parasitoid Asobara tabida},
  author={Johannes St{\"o}kl and A Dandekar and Joachim Ruther},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={40},
  pages={159-168}
}
Wasps of genus Asobara, a larval parasitoid of Drosophila, have become model organisms for the study of host-parasite interactions. However, little is known about the role of pheromones in locating mates and courtship behavior in this genus. In the present study, we aimed to identify the female courtship pheromone in Asobara tabida. The chemical compositions of solvent extracts from male and female wasps were analyzed by GC/MS. These extracts, fractions thereof, and synthetic pheromone… CONTINUE READING
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