Antibiotic-Induced Inhibition of Pheromone Synthesis in a Bark Beetle

Science  14 Aug 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4509, pp. 763-764
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4509.763


Ingestion of diet containing streptomycin inhibited the conversion of myrcene, a host plant terpene, to the male-specific pheromones ipsenol and ipsdienol in 1ps paraconfusus. Synthesis of cis-verbenol, which is not a sex-specific pheromone, from the host plant terpene ()-α-pinene and other metabolites from these two terpenes was not inhibited by the antibiotic.