First Biosynthetic Studies on Trail Pheromones in Ants

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  • Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Bestmann,

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    1. Institut für Organische Chemie der Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Henkestrasse 42, D-91054 Erlangen (Germany), Fax: Int. code + (9131)85-6864
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  • Dr. Elke Übler,

    1. Institut für Organische Chemie der Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Henkestrasse 42, D-91054 Erlangen (Germany), Fax: Int. code + (9131)85-6864
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  • Prof. Dr. Bert Hölldobler

    1. Theodor-Boveri-Institut, Lehrstuhl für Verhaltensphysiologie und Soziobiologie der Universität Würzburg (Germany)
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  • Pheromones, Part 107. This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft. We thank Dr. Kunesch for stimulating advice. Part 106: E. Janssen, H. J. Bestmann, B. Hölldobler, F. Kern, K. Tsuji, J. Chem. Ecol., in press.

Abstract

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On the trail of ants! For the first time the biosynthesis of trail pheromones in ants of one subfamily could be traced. The odorous substances are formed by the lipid metabolism pathway by incorporation of acetate or propionate or both, as shown by feeding experiments with deuterated compounds (see below).

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