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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

John J. Beck

Research Chemist


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Comparison of the volatile emission profiles of ground almond and pistachio mummies: part 1 – addressing a gap in knowledge of current attractants of navel orangeworm - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Mahoney, N.E., Cook, D., Gee, W.S., Baig, N. 2014. Comparison of the volatile emission profiles of ground almond and pistachio mummies: part 1 – addressing a gap in knowledge of current attractants of navel orangeworm. Phytochemistry Letters. 9:102-106. DOI.10.1016/j.phytol.2014.04.010.
The major volatile compound 2-phenylethanol from the biocontrol yeast, Pichia anomala, inhibits growth and expression of aflatoxin biosynthetic genes of Aspergillus flavus - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hua, S.T., Beck, J.J., Sarreal, S.L., Gee, W.S. 2014. Inhibitory effect of volatile compound from biocontrol yeast, Pichia anomala on fungal growth and expression of aflatoxin biosynthetic clustered genes in Aspergillus flavus. Mycotoxin Research. 30:71-78 DOI 10.1007/s12550-014-0189-z.
Comparison of the volatile emission profiles of ground almond and pistachio mummies: part 2 - critical changes in emission profiles as a result of increasing the water activity - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Mahoney, N.E., Cook, D., Higbee, B.S., Light, D.M., Gee, W.S., Baig, N. 2014. Comparison of the volatile emission profiles of ground almond and pistachio mummies: part 2 - critical changes in emission profiles as a result of increasing the water activity. Phytochemistry Letters. 8:220-225 doi.org/10.1016/j.phytol.2014.01.004.
An overview of plant volatile metabolomics, sample treatment, and reporting considerations with emphasis on mechanical damage and biological control of weeds - (Review Article)
Beck, J.J., Smith, L., Baig, N. 2014. An overview of plant volatile metabolomics, sample treatment, and reporting considerations with emphasis on mechanical damage and biological control of weeds. Phytochemical Analysis. 25(4):331-341.
Pest management with natural products Reprint Icon - (Book / Chapter)
In: Koivunen, M.E., Duke, S.O., Coats, J.R., Beck, J.J. 2013. Pest management with natural products. In: Beck, J.J., Coats, J.R., Duke, S.O., Koivunem, M.E., editors. Pest Management with Natural Products, ACS Symposium Series, vol. 1141. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society. p. 1-4. DOI: 10.102/bk-2013-1141.ch001.
Effect of mechanical damage on emission of volatile organic compounds from plant leaves and implications for evaluation of host plant specificity of prospective biological control agents of weeds - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Smith, L., Beck, J.J. 2013. Effect of mechanical damage on emission of volatile organic compounds from plant leaves and implications for evaluation of host plant specificity of prospective biological control agents of weeds. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 23(8):880-907.
Volatile natural products for monitoring the California tree nut insect pest Amyelois transitella Reprint Icon - (Book / Chapter)
Beck, J.J., Higbee, B.S. 2013. Volatile natural products for monitoring the California tree nut insect pest Amyelois transitella. In: Beck, J.J., Coats, J.R., Duke, S.O., Koivunen, M.E., editors. Pest management with natural products, ACS Symposium Series, vol. 1141. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society. p. 59-72. DOI: 10.102/bk-2013-1141.ch005.
Conophthorin from almond host plant and fungal spores and its ecological relation to navel orangeworm: a natural products chemist's perspective Reprint Icon - (Review Article)
Beck, J.J. 2013. Conophthorin from almond host plant and fungal spores and its ecological relation to navel orangeworm: a natural products chemist's perspective. Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society. 57(1):69-72.
Ex situ volatile survey of ground almond and pistachio hulls for emission of spiroketals: Analysis of hull fatty acid composition, water content, and water activity - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mahoney, N.E., Gee, W.S., Higbee, B.S., Beck, J.J. 2013. Ex situ volatile survey of ground almond and pistachio hulls for emission of spiroketals: Analysis of hull fatty acid composition, water content, and water activity. Phytochemistry Letters. 7:225-230.
Headspace volatiles from 52 oak species advertise induction, species identity, and evolution, but not defense Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Pearse, I.S., Gee, W.S., Beck, J.J. 2012. Headspace volatiles from 52 oak species advertise induction, species identity, and evolution, but not defense. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 39(1):90-100.
Generation of the volatile spiroketals conophthorin and chalcogran by fungal spores on polyunsaturated fatty acids common to almonds and pistachios Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Mahoney, N.E., Gee, W.S., Cook, D. 2012. Generation of the volatile spiroketals conophthorin and chalcogran by fungal spores on polyunsaturated fatty acids common to almonds and pistachios. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 60(48):11869-11876.
Hull split and damaged almond volatiles attract male and female navel orangeworm moths Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Higbee, B.S., Gee, W.S., Merrill, G.B., Hayashi, J.M., Light, D.M. 2012. Hull split and damaged almond volatiles attract male and female navel orangeworm moths. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 60(33):8090-8096.
Behavior of codling moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)neonate larvae on surfaces treated with microencapsulated pear ester - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Light, D.M., Beck, J.J. 2012. Behavior of codling moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)neonate larvae on surfaces treated with microencapsulated pear ester. Environmental Entomology. 41(3):603-611.
Addressing the complexity and diversity of agricultural plant volatiles: a call for the integration of laboratory- and field-based analyses Reprint Icon - (Review Article)
Beck, J.J. 2012. Addressing the complexity and diversity of agricultural plant volatiles: a call for the integration of laboratory- and field-based analyses. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 60(5):1153-1157.
Electroantennographic bioassay as a screening tool for host plant volatiles Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gee, W.S., Light, D.M., Beck, J.J. 2012. Electroantennogram bioassay as a screening tool for host plant volatiles. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 63:e3931.
Relationships of host plant phylogeny, chemistry and host plant specificity of several agents of yellow starthistle - (Abstract Only) - (11-Sep-11)
Volatiles emissions from the flea beetle Altica litigata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) associated with invasive Ludwigia hexapetala Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Carruthers, R.I., Franc, M.K., Gee, W.S., Cosse, A.A., Grewell, B.J., Beck, J.J. 2011. Volatiles emissions from the flea beetle Altica litigata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) associated with invasive Ludwigia hexapetala. Chemoecology. 21(4):253-259.
Isolation by ion-exchange methods. In Sarker S.D. (ed) Natural Products Isolation, 3rd edition - (Book / Chapter)
Dragull, K.D., Beck, J.J. 2012. Isolation by ion-exchange methods. In Sarker S.D.; Lutfun, N. (eds) Natural Products Isolation, 3rd edition. New Jersey: The Humana Press Inc. Vol. 864:p.189-219.
Volatile analysis of ground almonds contaminated with naturally occurring fungi Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Mahoney, N.E., Cook, D., Gee, W.S. 2011. Volatile analysis of ground almonds contaminated with naturally occurring fungi. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 59(11):6180-6187.
Ambient orchard volatiles from California almonds - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Higbee, B.S., Gee, W.S., Dragull, K.D. 2011. Ambient orchard volatiles from California almonds. Phytochemistry Letters. 4(2):199-202.
Detection of high levels of pyrrolizidine-N-oxides in the endangered plant cryptantha crassipes (Terlingua creek cat's-eye)using HPLC-ESI-MS - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Williams, M.T., Warnock, B.J., Betz, J.M., Beck, J.J., Gardner, D.R., Lee, S.T., Molyneux, R.J., Colegate, S.M. 2011. Detection of high levels of pyrrolizidine-N-oxides in the endangered plant cryptantha crassipes (Terlingua creek cat's-eye)using HPLC-ESI-MS. Phytochemical Analysis. 22(3): 532-540
Survey of ex situ fruit and leaf volatiles from several Pistacia cultivars grown in California - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Roitman, J.N., Merrill, G.B., Beck, J.J. 2011. Survey of ex situ fruit and leaf volatiles from several Pistacia cultivars grown in California. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 91(5):934-942.
Almond & Pistachio Volatiles: Semiochemicals for the Navel Orangeworm? - (Abstract Only) - (13-Nov-10)
Characterization of microencapsulated pear ester, (2E,4Z)-ethyl-2,4-decadienoate: a kairomonal spray-adjuvant against neonate codling moth larvae - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Light, D.M., Beck, J.J. 2010. Characterization of microencapsulated pear ester, (2E,4Z)-ethyl-2,4-decadienoate: a kairomonal spray-adjuvant against neonate codling moth larvae. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 58(13):7838-7845.
Non-pheromonal control of navel orangeworm as a promising method toward decreasing contamination of Aspergillus flavus in California tree nuts - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Light, D.M., Higbee, B.S., Dragull, K.D., Merrill, G.B., Gee, W.S. 2010. Non-pheromonal control of navel orangeworm as a promising method toward decreasing contamination of Aspergillus flavus in California tree nuts. American Chemical Society Abstracts.
Letter to the Editor: Styrene-producing microbes in food-stuff - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J. 2010. Letter to the Editor: Styrene-producing microbes in food-stuff. Journal of Food Science. 75(1):X.
Essential oil yield and composition of Pistacia vera "Kerman" fruits, peduncles, and leaves grown in California - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dragull, K.D., Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B. 2010. Essential oil yield and composition of Pistacia vera "Kerman" fruits, peduncles, and leaves grown in California. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 90(4):664-668.
Developing ambient almond orchard volatile mixtures for navel orangeworm (NOW) monitoring - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Higbee, B.S., Light, D.M., Dragull, K.D., Merrill, G.B., Gee, W.S. 2009. Developing ambient almond orchard volatile mixtures for navel orangeworm (NOW) monitoring. Almond Board of California.
In Situ Seasonal Study of the Volatile Production of Almonds (Prunus dulcis), var. 'Nonpareil' and Relationship to Navel Orangeworm - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Higbee, B.S., Light, D.M., Gee, W.S. 2009. In Situ Seasonal Study of the Volatile Production of Almonds (Prunus dulcis), var. 'Nonpareil' and Relationship to Navel Orangeworm. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 57(9):3749-3753.
Ambient almond volatiles from geographically different orchards and their relationship to navel orangeworm - (Proceedings) - (14-Mar-09)
In situ volatiles from a single cultivar of Prunus dulcis and their relationship to navel orangeworm - (Proceedings) - (14-Mar-09)
Collection of ambient pistachio volatiles to develop a synthetic, non-pheromonal background blend for monitoring of navel orangeworm - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J. 2009. Collection of ambient pistachio volatiles to develop a synthetic, non-pheromonal background blend for monitoring of navel orangeworm. Meeting Proceedings.
Ambient orchard and on-tree volatile collection system for monitoring and detection of attractants for navel orangeworm - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J. 2009. Ambient orchard and on-tree volatile collection system for monitoring and detection of attractants for navel orangeworm. Meeting Proceedings.
An in situ, seasonal study of volatiles from a single cultivar of Prunus dulcis, and their relationship to navel orangeworm moth - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Gee, W.S., Higbee, B.S., Light, D.M. 2009. An in situ, seasonal study of volatiles from a single cultivar of Prunus dulcis, and their relationship to navel orangeworm moth. American Chemical Society National Meeting.
Developing Ambient Almond Orchard Volatile Mixtures for NOW Bioassay Analyses - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Higbee, B.S., Light, D.M., Gee, W.S. 2008. Developing Ambient Almond Orchard Volatile Mixtures for NOW Bioassay Analyses. Almond Board of California.
Strain of Fusarium oxysporum Isolated From Almond Hulls Produces Styrene and 7-Methyl-1,3,5-Cyclooctatriene as the Principal Volatile Components - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Palumbo, J.D., O Keeffe, T.L. 2008. Strain of Fusarium Oxysporum Isolated From Almond Hulls Produces Styrene and 7-Methyl-1,3,5-Cyclooctatriene as the Principal Volatile Components. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 56(23):11392-11398.
In Situ Volatile Collection, Analysis, and Comparison of Three Centaurea Species and Their Relation to Biocontrol with Herbivorous Insects - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Smith, L., Merrill, G.B. 2008. In Situ Volatile Collection, Analysis, and Comparison of Three Centaurea Species and Their Relation to Biocontrol with Herbivorous Insects. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.56(8):2759-2764.
Allelochemical phenolic acids from Gypsophila paniculata - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chou, S., Everngam, M.C., Beck, J.J. 2008. Allelochemical phenolic acids from Gypsophila paniculata. Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research.7(2):40-42.
Comparison of volatile emissions from undamaged and mechanically damaged almonds - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Higbee,B.S., Merrill, G.B., Roitman, J.N. 2008. Comparison of volatile emissions from undamaged and mechanically damaged almonds. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.88(8):1363-1368
Pursuit of a Kairomonal Lure for Navel Orangeworm - (Abstract Only)
Light, D.M., Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Higbee, B. 2008. Pursuit of a Kairomonal Lure for Navel Orangeworm. Western Orchard Pest and Disease Management Conference.
Volatile Emission of Mechanically Damaged Almonds: An Old and New Method of Investigation to Determine Potential NOW Attractants - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Higbee, B.S., Gee, W.S., Light, D.M., Roitman, J.N., Bettiga, J. 2007. Volatile Emission of Mechanically Damaged Almonds: An Old and New Method of Investigation to Determine Potential NOW Attractants. Multicrop Aflatoxin and Fumonisin Elimination and Fungal Genomics Workshop-The Peanut Foundation.
Complete Proton and Carbon Assignment of Triclosan via One- and Two- Dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Analysis - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wilson, K.A., Beck, J.J. 2007. Complete Proton and Carbon Assignment of Triclosan via One- and Two- Dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Analysis. The Chemical Educator.12(5):338-342
Volatile Emission of Mechanically Damaged Almonds - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Higbee, B.S. 2007. Volatile Emission of Mechanically Damaged Almonds. American Society of Pharmacognosy.
Fungicidal Activities of Dihydroferulic Acid Alkyl Ester Analogues - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Kim, J.H., Campbell, B.C., Chou, S. 2007. Fungicidal Activities of Dihydroferulic Acid Alkyl Ester Analogues. American Society of Pharmacognosy. Meeting Abstract.
On-Plant Volatile Analysis Utilizing Solid-Phase Microextraction and a New Volatile Collection Technique - (Abstract Only)
Beck, J.J., Merrill, G.B., Higbee, B.S. 2007. On-Plant Volatile Analysis Utilizing Solid-Phase Microextraction and a New Volatile Collection Technique. American Society of Pharmacognosy. Meeting Abstract.
Fungicidal Activities of Dihydroferulic Acid Alkyl Ester Analogs - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Kim, J.H., Campbell, B.C., Chou, S. 2007. Fungicidal Activities of Dihydroferulic Acid Alkyl Ester Analogs. Journal of Natural Products. 70(5):779-782.
The Structural Diversity of Phthalides from the Apiaceae - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Beck, J.J., Chou, S. 2007. The Structural Diversity of Phthalides from the Apiaceae. Journal of Natural Products. 70(5):891-900.
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