Main content area

Metabolism by grasshoppers of volatile chemical constituents from Mangifera indica and Solanum paniculatum leaves

Ramos, Clécio S., Ramos, Natália S.M., Da Silva, Rodolfo R., Da Câmara, Cláudio A.G., Almeida, Argus V.
Journal of insect physiology 2012 v.58 no.12 pp. 1663-1668
Mangifera indica, Solanum paniculatum, chemical composition, grasshoppers, leaves, metabolism, phenylpropanoids, spathulenol, volatile compounds
The chemical volatiles from plant leaves and their biological activities have been extensively studied. However, no studies have addressed plant–chemical volatiles after undergoing the digestive process in host insects. Here we describe for the first time chemical profiles of volatile constituents from Solanum paniculatum and Mangifera indica leaves metabolized by grasshoppers. Both profiles were qualitatively and quantitatively different from the profiles of non-metabolized leaves. The amount of nerolidol, the major constituent of S. paniculatum leaves, decreased and other sesquiterpenes, such as spathulenol, were formed during the digestive process of the grasshopper Chromacris speciosa. In M. indica, the presence of phenylpropanoids was observed (dillapiole, Z-asarone, E-asarone and γ-asarone) in the leaves metabolized by the grasshopper Tropidacris collaris, but these compounds were not found in the non-metabolized leaves.