A practical method for obtaining useful quantities of pheromones from sea lamprey and other fishes for identification and control

Jared M. Fine, Sean P. Sisler, Lance A. Vrieze, William D. Swink, Peter W. Sorensen

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Abstract

Pheromonally-mediated trapping is currently being developed for use in sea lamprey control in the Laurentian Great Lakes. To identify and test lamprey pheromones a practical procedure was needed to isolate relatively large quantities of pheromone from lamprey holding water. The present study developed such a technique. It employs Amberlite XAD7HP, an adsorbent resin which we found can extract over 80% of the sea lamprey migratory pheromone from larval holding water at low cost and with relative ease. This technique allowed its to collect tens of milligrams of all three components of the sea lamprey migratory pheromone, eventually permitting both identification and successful field testing. This technique might also be used to collect pheromones released by other species of fish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)832-838
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Great Lakes Research
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Keywords

  • Invasive fishes
  • Petromyzonamine disulfate
  • Petromyzonol sulfate
  • Petromyzosterol disulfate
  • Pheromone
  • Sea lamprey

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