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Nonanoic acid, other long-chain carboxylic acids and related compounds as antifeedants in Hylobius abietis pine weevils
2006 (English)In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, ISSN 0013-8703, E-ISSN 1570-7458, Vol. 121, no 3, 191-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A medium-length, straight-chain alkanoic acid, nonanoic acid, is known from laboratory microassays to be an antifeedant in adults of the large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis (L.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Our hypothesis was that we could find new, less volatile alkanoic acids or related compounds suitable for field application and with improved long-term duration. Alkanoic acids of varying chain lengths (C6-C13) were tested for antifeedant activity in H. abietis adults. Microassay choice tests showed that straight-chain (C6-C11) alkanoic acids were active. However, high activities were restricted to the (C6-C10) acids, with the C9 (nonanoic acid) at 4 mu mol cm(-2) being the most active one. In a no-choice test on pine twigs, the antifeedant effect of C10 acid was lower than that of the C8 and C9 acids. In microassays, less volatile methyl-branched alkanoic acids exhibited lower antifeedant activities than did the corresponding straight-chain ones. However, the most active of the methyl-branched acids, 2-methyldecanoic acid, had an activity similar to that of nonanoic acid. Compounds related to nonanoic acid were either active (1-nonanol), weakly active (nonanoic anhydride), or inactive (nonanal, sodium nonanoate). The anhydride was highly active in the microassay, but less active on twigs. The antifeedant effects of the straight chain (C8-C10) alkanoic acids against pine weevil feeding were tested in the field. In contrast to the results from the twig tests, the less volatile C10 acid was more active in the field for the protection of transplants on fresh clear cuts over a 3-month period than both the C8 and C9 acids. Phytotoxic effects of the alkanoic acids were observed both in the field and in laboratory studies. If a protective layer of paraffin was applied to the stem prior to application of the alkanoic acids, these undesired side effects were reduced.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 121, no 3, 191-201 p.
Keyword [en]
carboxylic acids, Coleoptera, Curculionidae, structure-activity, formulation, caproic acid, hexanoic acid, heptanoic acid, pelargonic acid, octanoic acid, decanoic acid, 2-methylalkanoic acids, repellent
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Organic Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5599DOI: 10.1111/j.1570-8703.2006.00481.xISI: 000241954100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5599DiVA: diva2:10017
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QC 20110124Available from: 2006-04-11 Created: 2006-04-11 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Isolation, Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of Antifeedants against the Pine Weevil, Hylobius Abietis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Isolation, Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of Antifeedants against the Pine Weevil, Hylobius Abietis
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis L., is a major insect pest on conifer seedlings in northern Europe. Due to its feeding newly planted trees get girdled, resulting in high seedling mortality (up to 80%). As a consequence great financial losses to the forest industry occur. Today the seedlings are protected with the pyrethroid insecticide cypermethrin. This insecticide is toxic to aquatic organisms and is, from 2010, prohibited for use in Sweden by the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate. An alternative to insecticides is to protect the seedlings with antifeedants, compounds that, either through taste or smell or both, deter the weevils from feeding. This thesis describes the search for and the synthesis of such antifeedant compounds.

Bark extracts of several woody species, known to be non-palatable to the weevil, were prepared and found to display antifeedant activity against H. abietis. The major chemical constituents of the extracts were tested for antifeedant activity. Antifeedants such as eugenol, 2-phenylethanol and benzylalcohol, but also feeding stimulants such as β-sitosterol and linoleic acid, were identified. An extract of linden bark, Tilia cordata, was shown to contain nonanoic acid, a highly active antifeedant. Other aliphatic carboxylic acids were also found to display high antifeedant activities against the weevil, both in laboratory and in field tests.

The enantiomers of dihydropinidine, a piperidine alkaloid present in several conifer species, were prepared by dimethylzinc mediated allylation of 2- methyltetrahydropyridine-N-oxide. When tested in micro feeding assays, no difference in antifeedant activity was found for the enantiomers. In a field test high antifeedant activity, comparable with that of the presently used insecticide cypermethrin, was found for (±)-dihydropindine. Other naturally occurring piperidine alkaloids were synthesised and also found to display high antifeedant activities in laboratory tests.

Structure-activity relationships were evaluated for methoxy substituted benzaldehydes, benzoic acids and cinnamic aldehydes, -acids, -esters and -alcohols. While the carboxylic acids were inactive or even feeding stimulants, the aldehydes were the most active antifeedants

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. ix, 53 p.
Series
Trita-IOK, ISSN 1100-7974 ; 2006:101
Keyword
Pine weevil, Hylobius abietis, semiochemicals, antifeedant, feeding deterrent, feeding stimulant, bark extract, carboxylic acid, piperidine alkaloids, structure-activity, cinnamic aldehyde, benzaldehyde
National Category
Organic Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3919 (URN)91-7178-301-6 (ISBN)
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2006-04-28, Sal 0102, Åkroken, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, 14:00
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QC 20110124Available from: 2006-04-11 Created: 2006-04-11 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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