(-)-Olivil and (+)-1-acetoxypinoresinol from the olive tree (Olea europaea LINNE; oleaceae) as feeding stimulants of the olive weevil (Dyscerus perforatus)

Emiko Kadowaki, Yasuhiro Yoshida, Teruhiko Nitoda, Naomichi Baba, Shuhei Nakajima

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Guided by a feeding stimulant activity test on the olive weevil (Dyscerus perforatus), two compounds that showed potent feeding stimulant activity were isolated from the olive tree (Olea europaea). Based on their spectral data and a literature survey, they were identified as (-)-olivil (1) and (+)-1-acetoxypinoresinol (2). The activities of these minor lignans were significantly higher for the female than for the male weevil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-419
Number of pages5
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003



  • (+)-1-acetoxypinoresinol
  • (-)-olivil
  • Feeding stimulant
  • Olive
  • Olive weevil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering

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