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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Peer-reviewed Publications:


Hua, S.S.T.; Beck, J.J.; Sarreal, S.B.L.; Gee, W. The major volatile compound 2-phenylethanol from the biocontrol yeast, Pichia anomala, inhibits growth and expression of aflatoxin biosynthetic genes of Aspergillus flavus. Mycotoxin Res. 2014. [Article in Press]

Beck, J.J.; Mahoney, N.E.; Cook, D.; Higbee, B.S.; Light, D.M.; Gee, W.S.; Baig, N. Comparison of the volatile emission profiles of ground almond and pistachio mummies: part 2 – critical changes in emission profiles as a result of increasing the water activity. Phytochem. Lett. 2014. [Article in Press]

Beck, J.J.; Smith, L.; Baig, N. An overview of plant volatile metabolomics, sample treatment and reporting considerations with emphasis on mechanical damage and biological control of weeds. Phytochem. Anal. 2013. [Early view]

Mahoney, N.E.; Gee, W.S.; Higbee, B.S.; Beck, J.J. Ex situ volatile survey of ground almond and pistachio hulls for emission of spiroketals: analysis of hull fatty acid composition, water content, and water activity. Phytochem. Lett. 7: 225-230. 2014. [PDF reprint]


Koivunen, M.E.; Duke, S.O.; Coats, J.R.; Beck, J.J. Chapter 1, Pest Management with Natural Products. In Pest Management with Natural Products, ACS Symposium Series, vol. 1141. Beck, J.J.; Coats, J.R.; Duke, S.O.; Koivunen, M.E. (eds). American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., pp. 1-4. 2013. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Higbee, B.S. Chapter 5, Volatile natural products for monitoring the California tree nut insect pest Amyelois transitella. In Pest Management with Natural Products, ACS Symposium Series, vol. 1141. Beck, J.J.; Coats, J.R.; Duke, S.O.; Koivunen, M.E. (eds). American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., pp. 59-72. [PDF reprint] 

Smith, L.; Beck, J.J. Effect of mechanical damage on emission of volatile organic compounds from plant leaves and implications for evaluation of host plant specificity of prospective biological control agents of weeds. Biocontrol Sci. Techn. 23(8): 880-907. 2013. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J. Conophthorin from almond host plant and fungal spores and its ecological relation to navel orangeworm: a natural products chemist's perspective. J. Mex. Chem. Soc. 57(1): 69-72. 2013. [PDF reprint]

Pearse, I.S.; Gee, W.S.; Beck, J.J. Headspace volatiles from 52 oak species advertise induction, species identity, and evolution, but not defense. J. Chem. Ecol. 39(1): 90-100. 2013. [PDF reprint]


Beck, J.J.; Mahoney, N.E.; Cook, D.; Gee, W.S. Generation of the volatile spiroketals conophthorin and chalcogran by fungal spores on polyunsaturated fatty acids common to almonds and pistachios. J. Agric. Food Chem. 60(48):11869-11876.  2012. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Higbee, B.S.; Light, D.M.; Gee, W.S.; Merrill, G.B.; Hayashi, J.M. Hull split and damaged almond volatiles attract male and female navel orangeworm. J. Agric. Food Chem. 60(33): 8090-8096. 2012. [PDF reprint]; [correction]

Light, D.M.; Beck, J.J. Behavior of codling moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) neonate larvae on surfaces treated with microencapsulated pear ester. Environ. Entomol. 41(3): 603-611. 2012. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Light, D.M.; Gee, W.S. Electroantennographic bioassay as a screening tool for host plant volatiles. J. Vis. Exp. 63: e3931, DOI: 10.3791/3931. 2012. [PDF reprint] [video]

Dragull, K.; Beck, J.J. Isolation by ion-exchange methods. In: Methods in Molecular Biology – Natural Products Isolation 3rd edition. Sarker, S. D.; Lutfun, N. (eds). The Humana Press Inc., New Jersey. Vol 864, pp 189-219. 2012. [abstract]

Beck, J.J. Addressing the complexity and diversity of agricultural plant volatiles: a call for the integration of laboratory- and field-based analyses. J. Agric. Food Chem. 60(5): 1153-1157. 2012.  [PDF reprint]


Carruthers, R.I.; Franc, M.K.; Gee, W.S.; Cossé, A.A.; Grewell, B.J.; Beck, J.J. Volatile emissions from the flea beetle Altica litigata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) associated with invasive Ludwigia hexapetala. Chemoecology. 21(4): 253-259. 2011. [PDF reprint]

Williams, M.; Warnock, B.; Betz, J.M.; Beck, J.J.; Gardner, D.R.; Lee, S.T.; Molyneux, R.J.; Colegate, S.M. High levels of pyrrolizidine-N-oxides detected in the endangered Cryptantha crassipes (Terlingua Creek Cat’s-eye) using HPLC-ESIMS. Phytochem. Anal. 22(6): 532-540. 2011. [abstract]

Beck, J.J.; Mahoney, N.E.; Cook, D.; Gee, W.S. Volatile analysis of ground almonds contaminated with naturally occurring fungi. J. Agric. Food Chem. 59(11): 6180-6187. 2011.  [PDF reprint].

Beck, J.J.; Higbee, B.S.; Gee, W.S.; Dragull, K. Ambient orchard volatiles from California almonds. Phytochem. Lett. 4(2): 199-202. 2011. [PDF reprint]

Roitman, J.N.; Merrill, G.B; Beck, J.J. Survey of ex situ fruit and leaf volatiles from several Pistacia cultivars grown in California. J. Sci. Food. Agric. 91(5): 934-942. 2011. [PDF reprint]

2007 - 2010

Light, D.M.; Beck, J.J. Characterization of microencapsulated pear ester (2E,4Z)-ethyl-2,4-decadienoate: a kairomonal spray adjuvant against neonate codling moth larvae. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58(13): 7838-7845. 2010. [PDF reprint]

Dragull, K.; Beck, J.J.; Merrill, G.B. Essential oil yield and composition of Pistacia vera ‘Kerman’ fruits, peduncles, and leaves grown in California. J. Sci. Food Agric. 90(4): 664-668. 2010. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J. Letter to the Editor: styrene-producing microbes in food stuff. J. Food Sci. 75(1): x. 2010. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Merrill, G.B.; Higbee, B.S.; Light, D.M.; Gee, W.S. In situ seasonal study of the volatile production of almonds (Prunus dulcis) var. 'Nonpareil' and relationship to navel orangeworm. J. Agric. Food Chem. 57(9): 3749-3753. 2009. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Merrill, G.B.; Palumbo, J.D.; O’Keeffe, T.L. Strain of Fusarium oxysporum isolated from almond hulls produces styrene and 7-methyl-1,3,5-cyclooctatriene as the principal volatile components. J. Agric. Food Chem. 56(23): 11392-11398. 2008. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Smith, L.; Merrill, G.B. In situ volatile collection, analysis, and comparison of three Centaurea species and their relation to biocontrol with herbivorous insects. J. Agric. Food Chem. 56(8): 2759-2764. 2008. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Higbee, B.S.; Merrill, G.B.; Roitman, J.N. Comparison of volatile emissions from undamaged and mechanically damaged almonds. J. Sci. Food Agric. 88(8): 1363-1368. 2008. [PDF reprint]

Chou, S.-C.; Everngam, M.C.; Beck, J.J. Allelochemical phenolic acids from Gypsophila paniculata. J. Und. Chem. Res. 7(2): 40-42. 2008. [PDF reprint]

Wilson, K.A.; Beck, J.J.; Complete proton and carbon assignment of triclosan via one- and two-dimensional NMR analysis. Chem. Educ. 12(5): 338-342. 2007. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Chou, S.-C. Structural diversity of phthalides from the Apiaceae. J. Nat. Prod. 70(5): 891-900. 2007. [PDF reprint]

Beck, J.J.; Kim, J.H.; Campbell, B.C.; Chou, S.-C. Fungicidal activities of dihydroferulic acid alkyl ester analogues. J. Nat. Prod. 70(5): 779-782. 2007. [PDF reprint]

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