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    Author(s): J. H. Tumlinson; John C. Moser; R. M. Silverstein; R. G. Brownlee; J. M. Ruth
    Date: 1972
    Source: Journal of Insect Physiol 18: 809–814
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    The major volatile trail-marking pheromone of the Texas leaf-cutting Ant, Atta texana, was isolated, identified as methyl 4-methylpyrrole-2-carboxylate, and synthesized. The synthesized pheromone elicited strong trail-following response from workers in the laboratory and field.

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    Tumlinson, J. H.; Moser, John C.; Silverstein, R. M.; Brownlee, R. G.; Ruth, J. M. 1972. A volatile trail Pheromone of the Leaf-Cutting Ant, Atta Texana. Journal of Insect Physiol 18: 809–814

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