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Evidence for the Involvement of Fatty Acid Biosynthesis and Degradation in the Formation of Insect Sex Pheromone-Mimicking Chiloglottones in Sexually Deceptive Chiloglottis Orchids

Wong, Darren; Amarasinghe, Ranamalie; Pichersky, Eran; Peakall, Rodney


Hundreds of orchid species secure pollination by sexually luring specific male insects as pollinators by chemical and morphological mimicry. Yet, the biochemical pathways involved in the synthesis of the insect sex pheromone-mimicking volatiles in these sexually deceptive plants remain poorly understood. Here, we explore the biochemical pathways linked to the chemical mimicry of female sex pheromones (chiloglottones) employed by the Australian sexually deceptive Chiloglottis orchids to lure...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Frontiers in Plant Science
DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00839
Access Rights: Open Access


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