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Keywords:

  • biosynthesis;
  • lipids;
  • pheromones
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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).