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.
First Biosynthetic Studies on Trail Pheromones in Ants†
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
Copyright © 1997 by VCH Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Germany
Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 395–397, March 3, 1997
How to Cite
Bestmann, H. J., Übler, E. and Hölldobler, B. (1997), First Biosynthetic Studies on Trail Pheromones in Ants. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 36: 395–397. doi: 10.1002/anie.199703951
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 8 JUL 1996
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).