The Chemistry and Biology of Volatiles [1ed.]0470777788, 9780470777787
Description:Volatile compounds are molecules with a relatively low molecular weight allowing for an efficient evaporation into the air. They are found in many areas of our everyday-life: they are responsible for the communication between species such as plants, insects or mammals; they serve as flavours or fragrances in many food products or perfumed consumer articles; and they play an important role in atmospheric chemistry.The Chemistry and Biology of Volatiles takes an interdisciplinary approach to volatile molecules. Review-style introductions to the main topics in volatile chemistry and biology are provided by international experts, building into a broad overview of this fascinating field. Topics covered include:The structural variety of volatile compoundsBiogeneration of volatilesSynthesis of natural and non-natural volatilesAnalysis of volatilesVolatile compounds as semiochemicals in plant-plant or plant-insect interactionsVolatiles in pest controlPheromones and the influence of volatiles on mammalsOlfaction and human perceptionVolatiles as fragrancesThe generation of flavours and food aroma compoundsStabilisation and controlled release of volatilesThe impact of volatiles on the environment and the atmosphereThe Chemistry and Biology of Volatiles is an essential overview of this important field for students and researchers in organic and bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, flavour and fragrance research, pest control, and atmospheric chemistry.