Multistriatin

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Multistriatin
Multistriatin.svg
Identifiers
CAS number 54815-06-4
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Properties
Molecular formula C10H18O2
Molar mass 170.25 g mol−1
Density 0.959 g/mL
Boiling point 207.1 °C (404.8 °F; 480.2 K)
Hazards
Flash point 74.9 °C (166.8 °F; 348.0 K)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
Infobox references

Multistriatin is a pheromone of the elm bark beetle. It is a volatile compound released by a virgin female beetle when she has found a good source of food, such as an elm tree.[1]

Potential applications[edit]

Males beetles, which carry the fungus which causes Dutch elm disease, are attracted to the pheromone. Hence multistriatin could be used to trap beetles and so prevent the spread of the disease.[1]

Stereochemistry[edit]

The compound exists in several diastereomic forms, depending on the positions of the methyl groups.[2] Only the natural stereoisomer, α-multistriatin, attracts the elm bark beetles.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Warren, Stuart (1982). Organic synthesis : the disconnection approach. 
  2. ^ Beck, Keith (1 September 1978). "Pheromone chemistry of the smaller European elm bark beetle". Journal of Chemical Education 55 (9): 567. doi:10.1021/ed055p567.