(Z)-Dodec-3-en-1-ol, a common major component of the trail-following pheromone in the termites Kalotermitidae

Abstract : (Z)-Dodec-3-en-1-ol has been identified as the major component of the trail-following pheromone of nine species of Kalotermitidae belonging to six different genera, suggesting that this compound represents a common signal in this family of termites. The homogeneous nature of trailfollowing pheromones of Kalotermitidae well agrees with the monophyly of this family. It also supports the postulated position of this family as a sister group of the Rhinotermitidae and Termitidae, which also secrete C12- alcohols as trail-following pheromones. The significance of a trail pheromone in termites of the ‘one-piece' life type, which spend their whole life within the same piece of wood, is discussed.
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David Sillam-Dussès, Etienne Sémon, Alain Robert, Christian Bordereau. (Z)-Dodec-3-en-1-ol, a common major component of the trail-following pheromone in the termites Kalotermitidae. Chemoecology, Springer Verlag, 2009, 19, pp.103-108. ⟨bioemco-00444594⟩

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