Synthesis of the sex pheromone of the citrus mealybug, Pseudococcus cryptus

Takashi Nakahata, Noriaki Itagaki, Tomonori Arai, Hajime Sugie, Shigefumi Kuwahara

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The sex pheromone of the citrus mealybug (Pseudococcus cryptus), [(1R,3R)-3-isopropenyl-2,2-dimethylcyclobutyl]methyl 3-methyl-3-butenoate, was synthesized from (+)-α-pinene in five operational steps in a 43% overall yield. The synthetic pheromone was identical with the natural pheromone in 1H-NMR and mass spectroscopic properties, and showed almost the same pheromonal activity as the natural pheromone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2627-2631
Number of pages5
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec


  • Pheromone
  • Pseudococcus cryptus
  • Terpenoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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