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Volatile compounds from the flowers of spathiphyllum Cannaefolium

Lewis, J.A. and Moore, C.J. and Fletcher, M.T. and Drew, R.A. and Kitching, W. (1988) Volatile compounds from the flowers of spathiphyllum Cannaefolium. Phytochemistry, 27 (9). pp. 2755-2757.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0031-9422(88)80656-3

Publisher URL: http://www.elsevier.com

Abstract

Headspace analysis and solvent extraction of the pollenbearing flower spike of Spathiphyllum cannaefolium have been conducted by GC-MS, to determine the basis of the flower spike’s attractancy to certain fruit-fly species. The major components were benzyl acetate, methyleugenol, methylchavicol, p-methoxybenzyl acetate and fatty acids. Benzyl acetate is known to be attractive to D. cueurbitae, D. dorsalis and C. capitata (representing the three different ‘male-lure categories’) and methyleugenol (one of these male-lures) attracts D. cacuminatus, D. dorsalis and D. occipitalis. Thus the odoriferous flowerspike exhibits wide ranging attractancy and hence Spathiphyllum cannaefolium may have some application as a fruit-fly control measure for small orchards where ‘methyleugenol-attracted’ species (e.g. D. cacuminatus, D. dorsalis, D. occipitalis) are the dominant pests.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© Pergamon Press.
Keywords:Spathiphyllum cannaefolium; Araceae; ‘fruit-fly lily’; flower volatiles; aromatic ethers; acetates; GC-MS.
Subjects:Science > Biology > Biochemistry
Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Science > Botany
Deposited On:17 Jan 2006
Last Modified:09 Jun 2011 23:52

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