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1 December 2013 Isolation and Characterization of Host Recognition Cues in Corn Roots for Larvae of the Western Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
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Behavioral bioassays were used to isolate compounds from germinating corn roots that elicit a host recognition response (tight-turning behavior) by neonate larvae of the western corn rootworm Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte. When a behaviorally active extract of germinating corn roots was separated into an aqueous partition and a hexane partition, significantly more larvae (P < 0.05) responded to the recombined partitions than to either partition alone, demonstrating that the active material is a blend comprising both polar and nonpolar compounds. When the aqueous partition was separated with reverse-phase solid phase extraction, most of the behavioral activity was retained in the 100% water fraction (F-1). Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis determined that F-1 contained a blend of small sugars, diacids, amino acids, and inorganic compounds. The nonpolar partition was separated on a silica column, and the resulting fractions were tested in combination with F-1 from the aqueous separation. More than 70% of larvae responded to the 100% acetone fraction (fraction B) in combination with F-1, and the response to this treatment was significantly higher than responses to the other nonpolar fractions or to F-1 alone. Methyl esterification of fraction B, followed by gas chromatographic fatty acid methyl ester analysis, confirmed that fraction B primarily consisted of lipids containing fatty acyl groups.

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E. J. Bernklau, B. E. Hibbard, and L. B. Bjostad "Isolation and Characterization of Host Recognition Cues in Corn Roots for Larvae of the Western Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)," Journal of Economic Entomology 106(6), 2354-2363, (1 December 2013). https://doi.org/10.1603/EC12462
Received: 12 November 2012; Accepted: 1 August 2013; Published: 1 December 2013
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