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Volatile compounds from the flowers of spathiphyllum Cannaefolium

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


Article Link: 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.

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
Live Archive:17 Jan 2006
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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