Fly-attracting volatiles produced by Rhodococcus fascians and Mycobacterium aurum isolated from myiatic lesions of sheep

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Bacterial strains isolated from the healthy breech mucosa and myiatic wounds of ewes were tested for their volatile production as fly attractants towards Wohlfahrtia magnifica (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Cultures were studied as fly baits in field experiments, and strains performing with the best chemotropic effect were selected for further analysis. Static and dynamic headspace samples from shaken cultures were examined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Strains identified as Rhodococcus fascians and Mycobacterium aurum produced various volatile sulfur compounds and benzene, and proved to be the best fly attractants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-287
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Microbiological Methods
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 29 2002



  • Benzene
  • Mycobacterium aurum
  • Rhodococcus fascians
  • Volatile sulfur compounds
  • Wohlfahrtia magnifica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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