Submitted to: Journal of Chromatography
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 11, 2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: The asparagus fly is an important pest for European asparagus growers, and availability of that insect's pheromone would assist in efforts to control the insect. French workers had published a tentative identification of the pheromone, but we, in collaboration with the original investigators, have determined that their assignment was incorrect. This short paper is designed to correct the error.
1-(Hydroxyethyl) cyclopropyl ketone 1 was recently suggested to be a male-produced pheromone of the asparagus fly. Synthesis of the proposed structure by two independent pathways demonstrated that 1 is not the true pheromone.