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NAVARRO, Daniela Maria do Amaral Ferraz et al. Practical aspects concerning the use of Rhyncophorol, the aggregation pheromone of Rhynchophorus palmarum L. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the control of coconut pests: analysis of its field performance. Quím. Nova [online]. 2002, vol.25, n.1, pp.32-36. ISSN 0100-4042.

Rhynchophorol (6-Methyl-2-hepten-4-ol) is the major constituent of the aggregation pheromone of Rhynchophorus palmarum L. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), which is released by males of this species. The racemic mixture has been produced in one step-simplified preparation. The pheromone is placed into ampoules and furnished to coconut farmers. In the field, traps baited with Rhynchophorol and pieces of sugarcane attract both males and females, reducing the population of R. palmarum. The best conditions for field application are showed.

Keywords : rhynchophorol; Rhynchophorus palmarum; aggregation pheromone.

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