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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Volatile Hydrocarbon Pheromones from Beetles

item Bartelt, Robert

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/11/2008
Publication Date: 1/4/2010
Citation: Bartelt, R.J. 2010. Volatile hydrocarbon pheromones from beetles. In: Blomquist, G.J. and Bagneres, A.G., editors. Insect Hydrocarbons: Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemical Ecology. Chapter 19, New York, NY: Cambridge Press. p 448-476.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This chapter reviews literature about hydrocarbons from beetles that serve as long-range pheromones. The most thoroughly studied beetles that use volatile hydrocarbon pheromones belong to the family Nitidulidae in the genera Carpophilus and Colopterus. Published pheromone research deals with behavior in the laboratory and field, analytical and synthetic chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, and practical uses in agriculture. In addition, there are beetles in other families that use volatile hydrocarbon pheromones but are less well studied. These include flea beetles (Chrysomelidae), the broad-horned flour beetle (Tenebrionidae), the spruce beetle (Scolytidae), and a rove beetle (Staphylinidae). In these groups, literature coverage focuses on chemistry and behavioral responses.

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