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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Versatile and Quantitative Volatile-Delivery System for Laboratory Bioassays

item Bartelt, Robert
item Zilkowski, Bruce

Submitted to: National Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: December 18, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: A versatile and easily constructed moving-air system is described for delivering known quantities of test volatiles to wind-tunnel bioassays. Volatile sources may be natural or synthetic, simple or complex. The fraction of each sample directed to the wind tunnel is controlled by a splitter. Four splitters converge into one air stream so that up to four samples can be bioassayed in any amounts, proportions, or order. The sample air stream can be analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively by solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and GC. Example bioassay data are presented, using responses of Carpophilus humeralis to host-related chemicals.

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