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Molecule of the Month: trans-2-Dodecenal

By: Michael Zviely, CIC
Posted: October 15, 2009, from the November 2009 issue of P&F magazine.

trans-2-Dodecenal, a colorless to slightly yellow liquid, is found in dairy products, chicken, coriander oil (Coriandrum sativum L.), peanuts, citrus oils and rice (see F-1). Previously known to occur only in plants, this material has been identified in the defensive secretion of the spiroboloid millipede Rhinocricus insulates, and shows promising antiviral and antibacterial properties.1-3

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