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Press Release 08-106 - Video

Walter Leal discusses the mechanisms surrounding the sex pheromones of Japanese beetles.


Walter Leal, a chemical ecologist at the University of California, Davis, discusses his research into the mechanisms surrounding the sex pheromones of Japanese beetles. His discovery related to a pheromone-degrading enzyme offers the potential to control the Japanese beetle, an invasive pest, through environmentally-friendly means.

Credit: Video by: UC Davis and National Science Foundation.
Animations by: Göde Schüler, José Eduardo D'avila, and Walter Leal.
Additional Graphics: USDA and El-Sayed AM 2008, The Pherobase: Database of Insect Pheromones and Semiochemicals.
Credit for background image: William Vann, EduPic Graphical Resource.

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