To characterize behavioral cues on AG seeds, solvent extracts of three species (Anthurium gracile, Codonanthe uleana, and P. macrostachya) were subjected to chromatographic fractionation. To test behavioral activity, each fraction was applied to other seeds that ants ordinarily ignore. At least one fraction of each seed extract elicited retrieval behavior in C. femoratus, but the active fractions of the three species differed in chemical composition, indicating that each plant species elicits seed-carrying with a different class of chemical attractants.Extracts were analyzed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Conditions of ... The GC was an Agilent 6890N, coupled to an Agilent 5975 mass selective detector, operating with Agilent Productivity ChemStation software. Manual injections of 1 I¼l were performed in splitless mode. Analyses were run on aanbsp;...
|Title||:||Neotropical Ant-gardens: Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of an Obligate Ant-plant Mutualism|
|Author||:||Elsa Kristen Youngsteadt|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|