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Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Bestmann, Dr. Elke Übler and Prof. Dr. Bert Hölldobler First Biosynthetic Studies on Trail Pheromones in Ants Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 36

Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.199703951

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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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