Chemiotropic behavior of female olive fly (Bactrocera oleae Gmel.) on Olea europaea L

Maria Luisa Scarpati, Roberto Lo Scalzo, Giovanni Vita, Augusto Gambacorta

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An interpretation is given of a number of observations on the chemiotropic behavior of Bactrocera oleae in connection with olive maceration water and the fly's return to the olive groves after the first summer ruins. To this end, the headspace of both maceration water and leaf leaching water, simulating rainfall, were examined. In both cases, the presence of ammonia, which is generally known to attract fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae), was detected and, for the first time, in addition to other compounds that are inert for the fly, the presence of styrene was also detected. This aromatic hydrocarbon was found to be a strong attractant. It is shown that both ammonia and styrene are products of the metabolism of microbial flora present on the olive and leaf surface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027 - 1036
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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