Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 661–664 | Cite as

Bioactive volatile compounds from marine algae: feeding attractants



Chemical communications play an important role in plants, fungi, and algae. Volatile organic compounds in marine algae are released into the seawater. These compounds play a role as either pheromones or allelochemicals. We observed that the turbinid gastropod Lunella coronata coreensis inhabits the intertidal zone and often grazes the green alga Ulva pertusa. Feeding tests and feeding preference studies were performed with green, brown and red algae or by using the powdered freeze-dried seaweed in agar. The snails fed on U. pertusa preferentially compared to the other marine algae, and recognized chemoreception compounds from the alga but not their structural or morphological differences. From feeding tests using artificial foods, it is suggested that the feeding attractants are in the essential oil of the alga U. pertusa.


Herbivores Chemical communications Pheromones Allelochemicals Chemoreception compounds Feeding attractant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological Chemistry, Faculty of AgricultureYamaguchi UniversityYamaguchiJapan

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