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.
Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0031-9422(88)80656-3
Publisher URL: http://www.elsevier.com
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.
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|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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