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Male Sex Pheromone of the Parasitoid Wasp Urolepis rufipes Demonstrates Biosynthetic Switch Between Fatty Acid and Isoprenoid Metabolism Within the Nasonia Group

Ruther, Joachim ; Wittman, Tyler ; Grimm, Christopher ; Feichtner, Florian S. ; Fleischmann, Sonja ; Kiermaier, Josef ; King, Bethia H. ; Kremer, Werner ; Kalbitzer, Hans Robert ; Schulz, Stefan


Sex pheromones play a crucial role in the mate finding process of insects. The information has to be encoded in a species specific manner to avoid fitness costs due to courtship by or even mismating with closely related species. Hence, sex pheromones normally diversify when new species evolve. Pheromones of closely related species typically vary in their chemical composition, but the compounds ...


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