An improved synthesis of the sex pheromone of sugarcane borer, Sesamia cretic, as an intermediate of Zeuzera pyrina pheromone using safe methods with improved total yield

Document Type : Research Article


1 tehran organization jehad daneshgahie(ACECR) applied chemistry group

2 Tehran organization jehad daneshgahi(acecr)applied chemistry group

3 tehran organization of jehad daneshgahi (acecr) applied chemistry group


The stem borer Sesamia cretica Lederer (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Amphipyrinae) is one of the main insect pests of sorghum, maize, sugarcane, and cereal crops in the Mediterranean area. The components of sex pheromone of this insect was identified as consisting of (Z)-9-tetradecen-1-ol (80%), (Z)-9-tetradecen-1-yl acetate (10%), and (Z)-11-hexadecen-1-ol (10%). The previous reports for the synthesis of these compounds suffer from several problems such as difficult procedure, harmful solvents and low overall yields. in this research an efficient strategy for the synthesis of the main component of this pheromone is described from safe and readily available starting materials without using any harmful solvent or reagent.


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