Periodic Graphics: The Chemistry of Strawberries | June 15, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 24 | Chemical & Engineering News
  • Correction: This infographic was updated on June 16, 2015, to correct the structure of pelargonidin 3-glucoside.
Volume 93 Issue 24 | p. 32
Issue Date: June 15, 2015

Periodic Graphics: The Chemistry of Strawberries

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning samples the molecular makeup of this sweet summer fruit
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Strawberries, dessert, summer, perfume, anthocyanin, auxin, sweetness, acidity, ripening, furaneol
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Chemistry of strawberries.
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A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, chemistry educator and author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest. To see more of Brunning’s work, go to Check out all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics here.

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stefafra (June 15, 2015 10:00 AM)
I would like to know what is the chemical that gives the slightly "rotten" smell to strawberry stored in a closed container. I would almost think there are some ammines involved...
Iris (April 12, 2016 7:51 AM)
Could it be methyl anthranilate? However this compound is not found in most cultivated fruits...
Trean K. Blumenthal (June 17, 2015 11:50 AM)
I love these articles! Is there a list of them so I don't miss any?
Am sometimes too rushed to peruse C&E News as completely as I would like.
Thanks, Trean Korbelak Blumenthal, long-time member, send list to Thanks so much!
Andy Brunning (June 17, 2015 3:16 PM)
Hi Trean, I've emailed across links to all the previous Periodic Graphics features. Let me know here if they don't reach you!

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