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The use of Solid Phase MicroExtraction (SPME) devices in analysis for potential mosquito ovi-position attractant chemicals from cyanobacterial mats
Rejmankova, E.; Higashi, R.M.; Roberts, D.R.; Lege, M.; Andre, R.G. (2000). The use of Solid Phase MicroExtraction (SPME) devices in analysis for potential mosquito ovi-position attractant chemicals from cyanobacterial mats. Aquat. Ecol. 34(4): 413-420
In: Aquatic Ecology. Springer: Dordrecht; London; Boston. ISSN 1386-2588, more
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  • Rejmankova, E.
  • Higashi, R.M.
  • Roberts, D.R.
  • Lege, M.
  • Andre, R.G.

Abstract
    Females of Anopheles albimanus mosquito are known to prefer floating cyanobacterial mats over open water for oviposition. We used Solid Phase MicroExtraction (SPME) devices on-site to trap substances volatilized from these two environments, followed by analysis by GC-MS (gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer), In enclosed headspace field microcosms, an unidentified C-15 aliphatic alcohol was persistently found over cyanobacterial mats as compared to open water. Based on this finding, we conducted oviposition experiments using a commercially available compound, n-pentadecanol, close in molecular weight and mass spectral pattern to the unknown C-15 aliphatic alcohol, The results indicate a tendency of female mosquito to oviposit more eggs in containers with the tested chemical as compared to water and blank.

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