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Periodic Graphics: Summer plant irritants

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning describes the chemistry behind the plants that make us itch and scratch

by Andy Brunning, special to C&EN
July 21, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 29

 

To download a pdf of this article, visit cenm.ag/irritants.


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References used to create this graphic:

Amato, Ivan. “Poison Ivy Could Get Worse.” C&EN (June 5, 2006).

Wolf, Lauren K. “Itching to Know More about Itch.” C&EN (July 4, 2011)

Holstege, Samuel. “Giant Hogweed.” Blue Ridge Poison Center (July 2018).

US Food and Drug Administration. “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.” Accessed July 10, 2020.


A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest

To see more of Brunning’s work, go to compoundchem.com. To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit http://cenm.ag/periodicgraphics.

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