Potent Sex Attractant of the Gypsy Moth: Its Isolation, Identification, and Synthesis

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Science  02 Oct 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3953, pp. 87-89
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3953.87


The sex attractant emitted by the female gypsy moth has been identified as cis-7,8-epoxy-2-methyloctadecane. The structure was verified by spectral, gas chromatographic, and biological comparisons with the synthesized compound. Nine closely related isomers were considerably less effective.

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