The pheromone frontalin and its dual function in the invasive bark beetle Dendroctonus valens.

@article{Liu2013ThePF,
  title={The pheromone frontalin and its dual function in the invasive bark beetle Dendroctonus valens.},
  author={Zhudong Liu and Bingbing Xu and Zhenwang Miao and Jianghua Sun},
  journal={Chemical senses},
  year={2013},
  volume={38 6},
  pages={485-95}
}
The red turpentine beetle, Dendroctonus valens LeConte, is one of the most destructive invasive forest pests in China, having killed more than 6 million pines since its first outbreak in 1999. Little is known about D. valens pheromone biology and no aggregation pheromone has yet been identified. Analysis by gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer of volatiles collected from live beetles in China showed that female beetles produce frontalin and males do not. Olfactory assays in the laboratory showed… CONTINUE READING

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