Identification of a host compound and its practical applications: 4-allylanisole as a bark beetle repellent

  • Authors: Hayes, J.L.; Ingram, L.L.; Strom, B.L.; Roton, L.M.; Boyette, M.W.; Walsh, M.T.
  • Publication Year: 1994
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Pages 69-80 in J.A. Vozzo, ed. Proceedings of the 4th Southern Station Chemical Sciences Meeting.USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, General Technical Report SO-104.

Abstract

Gas chromatography/mass spectometry analysis of resin collected before and after injections of loblolly pines (Pinus taeda L.) with a fungicide mixture known to make pines more "attractive" to southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis Zimm., resulted in the identification of 4-allylanisole as a likely candidate for repellent effects. The phenylpropanoid, 4-allylanisole (Chemical Abstract 140-67-0), is a compound produced by many conifers, including loblolly pine, an abundant species in southern pine forests and a preferred host of the southern pine beetle.The repellency of 4-allylanisole to southern pine beetle was demonstrated in laboratory behavioral assays and in natural populations by comparing its effects with those of the beetle-produced inhibitory pheromone, verbenone. Responses by other North American scolytids and associates were also determine. Additionally, responses of southern pine beetle to various chemical analogues of 4-allylanisole were tested.The response in the field of southern pine beetle to its attractant pheromone in funnel traps was significantly reduced by simultaneous release of either 4-allylanisole or verbenone, which did not differ from one another in repellency.Both compounds together did not significantly further reduce trap catch. The response of a major predator, Thanasimus dubius (F.), to the attractant pheromone of southern pine beetle did not differ with the simultaneous release of either compound.The results of preliminary field test with 4-allyanisole, in which lightning-struck pines were protected from southern pine beetle attack, are presented and discussed in relation to implications for development of a practical tree protection tactic.

  • Citation: Hayes, J.L.; Ingram, L.L., Jr.; Strom, B.L.; Roton, L.M.; Boyette, M.W.; Walsh, M.T. 1994. Identification of a host compound and its practical applications: 4-allylanisole as a bark beetle repellent. Pages 69-80 in J.A. Vozzo, ed. Proceedings of the 4th Southern Station Chemical Sciences Meeting.USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, General Technical Report SO-104.
  • Keywords: analogue, Coleoptera, Dendroctonus frontalis, 4-allyanisole, host compound, inhibitor, Pinus, repellent, Scolytidae, semiochemical, sodium-N-methyldithiocarbamate, verbenone
  • Posted Date: April 1, 1980
  • Modified Date: July 12, 2011
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