Simple method for collecting volatile compounds from single insects and other point sources for gas chromatographic analysis

Miklós Tóth, Hans Rudolf Buser

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A simple method is described for trapping airborne volatile compounds in the ng range for their subsequent gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis. Volatile compounds are trapped on the inner surface of glass capillaries. The trapped compounds are extracted by rinsing the capillaries with 2-3 μl of solvent, and the extracts are directly analysed. As examples, pheromones are analysed. The method may also be suitable for the collection of volatile compounds from other point sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 15 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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