Discrepancy between antennal and behavioral responses for enantiomers of a-Pinene : electrophysiology and behavior of helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera)

Hull, C. D., Cunningham, J. P., Moore, C. J., Zalucki, M. P., & Cribb, B. W. (2004) Discrepancy between antennal and behavioral responses for enantiomers of a-Pinene : electrophysiology and behavior of helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 30(10), pp. 2071-2084.

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The ability of adult cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), to distinguish and respond to enantiomers of α-pinene was investigated with electrophysiological and behavioral methods. Electroantennogram recordings using mixtures of the enantiomers at saturating dose levels, and single unit electrophysiology, indicated that the two forms were detected by the same receptor neurons. The relative size of the electroantennogram response was higher for the (−) compared to the (+) form, indicating greater affinity for the (−) form at the level of the dendrites. Behavioral assays investigated the ability of moths to discriminate between, and respond to the (+) and (−) forms of α-pinene. Moths with no odor conditioning showed an innate preference for (+)-α-pinene. This preference displayed by naïve moths was not significantly different from the preferences of moths conditioned on (+)-α-pinene. However, we found a significant difference in preference between moths conditioned on the (−) enantiomer compared to naïve moths and moths conditioned on (+)-α-pinene, showing that learning plays an important role in the behavioral response. Moths are less able to distinguish between enantiomers of α-pinene than different odors (e.g., phenylacetaldehyde versus (−)-α-pinene) in learning experiments. The relevance of receptor discrimination of enantiomers and learning ability of the moths in host plant choice is discussed.

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ID Code: 60989
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Heliothis, EAG, electrophysiology, α-pinene, learning, preference,
DOI: 10.1023/B:JOEC.0000045596.13384.7e
ISSN: 1573-1561
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ZOOLOGY (060800) > Animal Behaviour (060801)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2013 05:31
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2013 02:31

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