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(Methylthio)phenol semiochemicals are exploited by deceptive orchids as sexual attractants for Campylothynnus thynnine wasps

Bohman, Björn; Phillips, Ryan D; Flematti, Gavin R; Peakall, Rod


Until recently, (methylthio)phenols as natural products had only been reported from bacteria. Now, four representatives of this class of sulfurous aromatic compounds have been discovered as semiochemicals in the orchid Caladenia crebra, which secures pollination by sexual deception. In this case, field bioassays confirmed that a 10:1 blend of 2-(methylthio)benzene-1,4-diol (1) and 4-hydroxy-3-(methylthio)benzaldehyde (2) sexually attracts the male thynnine wasp Campylothynnus flavopictus...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-09-28
Type: Journal article
Source: Fitoterapia
DOI: 10.1016/j.fitote.2017.09.022


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