Sex Pheromone of the Codling Moth: Structure and Synthesis

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Science  14 Jul 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4044, pp. 177-178
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4044.177


The structure of a sex pheromone of the codling moth. Laspeyresia pomonella (L.), has been determined by spectrometric and chemical degradative techniques and by synthesis to be (2Z, 6E)-7-methyl-3-propyl-2,6-decadien-1-ol. In field cage tests the synthesized sex pheromone was as attractive as the natural, but neither was as attractive as ten virgin females per trap.