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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