Molecule of the Week

Gossyplure

November 6, 2006

Gossyplure, a pheromone named after its insect source, Pectinophora gossypiella (pink bollworm), attracts male pink bollworm moths. Pheromone dispensers set up in cotton fields compete with female moths for the males’ attention, disrupting mating and reducing the population of this crop-damaging species. Gossyplure is a 1:1 mixture of the (Z,E) and (Z,Z) isomers of hexadeca-7,11-dien-1-yl-acetate.