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The Volatile Organic Compounds of… Love?

Posted by Betsey Seibel on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

Did you know that the petunia releases its fragrant compounds at night when pollinators are more likely to be out and about? Or that the rotting animal scent of the corpse flower comes from the same stuff that you smell in skunk beer and Limburger cheese? Scientists have also discovered the enzyme that gives roses its signature fragrance. Knowing this, rose breeders can use this knowledge to create even more potent smelling flower of love.

Check out the video from Chemical Engineering News (link below) that describes the VOCs in each of these flowers in more detail.


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