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Identification of male-produced aggregation pheromone of the curculionid beetle Acrotomopus atropunctellus

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 March 2016

S.A. Rodríguez*
Centro de Investigaciones y Transferencia de Santiago del Estero (CITSE), CONICET-UNSE, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
M.L.P. Pérez
Sección Zoología Agrícola, Estación Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres, EEAOC-CONICET, Williams Cross 3150. Las Talitas, Tucumán, Argentina
M.A. Nazareno*
Centro de Investigaciones y Transferencia de Santiago del Estero (CITSE), CONICET-UNSE, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
*Author for correspondence Tel: +54 0385 423 8352 E-mail:
*Author for correspondence Tel: +54 0385 423 8352 E-mail:


The sugarcane stem weevil, Acrotomopus atropunctellus (Boheman) (Curculionidae: Molytinae: Cholini) is an important economic pest from the Northwestern region of Argentina. Analyses of the headspace volatiles produced by separated males and females revealed one male-specific compound. Its structural identification is reported here in using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectroscopy analysis and chemical micro-reactions. Besides, two laboratory olfactometry assays allowed us to propose 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one (sulcatone) as an aggregation pheromone for this insect, being attractive to both conspecific males and females. This compound is reported for the first time as involved in the Curculionidae family communication.

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