The responses of the cabbage seed weevil Ceutorhynchus assimilis to volatile compounds from oilseed rape in a linear track olfactometer

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Bartlet, E., Blight, M. M., Lane, P. W. and Williams, I. H. 1997. The responses of the cabbage seed weevil Ceutorhynchus assimilis to volatile compounds from oilseed rape in a linear track olfactometer. Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata. 85 (3), pp. 257-262.

AuthorsBartlet, E., Blight, M. M., Lane, P. W. and Williams, I. H.
Abstract

The cabbage seed weevil, Ceutorhynchus assimilis Payk. [syn. Ceutorhynchus obstrictus (Marsham)] (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a crucifer-feeding insect, is a pest of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). It is known to be attracted by isothiocyanates, crucifer-specific volatiles that are metabolites of the glucosinolates. The responses of this insect to other electrophysiologically-active volatiles from rape were tested in a linear track olfactometer. Attraction was demonstrated to nitriles (phenylacetonitrile, 4-pentenenitrile and 5-hexenenitrile), which are also glucosinolate metabolites, and to volatiles emitted by a wider spectrum of plant families ((Z)-3-hexen-1-ol and methyl salicylate). Combination of an isothiocyanate mixture with phenylacetonitrile increased attraction, but there was no such increase when the isothiocyanate mixture was combined with methyl salicylate. A mixture of 23 volatiles, emulating an attractive air-entrainment extract of oilseed rape, was not significantly attractive, although a high proportion of weevils (60%) turned towards it. The potential of these volatiles for inclusion into an isothiocyanate-based monitoring system is discussed.

KeywordsEntomology
Year of Publication1997
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata
Journal citation85 (3), pp. 257-262
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1046/j.1570-7458.1997.00256.x
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or code207
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ISSN00138703
0013-8703
PublisherWiley

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