Terpenes Flavor, Fragrances, Pharmaca, Pheromones by Eberhard Breitmaier

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Flavor, Fragrances, Pharmaca, Pheromones
by Eberhard Breitmaier

Terpenes: Flavor, Fragrances, Pharmaca, Pheromones is a concise overview of the structures of terpenes and their applications and covers both the structure, natural sources, biological and pharmacological effects, as well as selected total syntheses.

This book includes a chapter on structure determination, as well as added information on biogenesis, polycyclic terpenes, gingkoloids and neo-hopanes. It is an ideal introductory book for anybody starting work in this field.


Terpenes: Importance, General Structure, and Biosynthesis


  • Term and Significance
  • General Structure: The Isoprene Rule
  • Biosynthesis

Hemi- and Monoterpenes


  • Hemiterpenes
  • Acyclic Monoterpenes
  • Monocyclic Monoterpenes
  • Bicyclic Monoterpenes
  • Cannabinoids



  • Farnesanes
  • Monocyclic Farnesane Sesquiterpenes
  • Polycyclic Farnesane Sesquiterpenes
  • Other Polycyclic Sesquiterpenes



  • Phytanes
  • Cyclophytanes
  • Bicyclophytanes
  • Tricyclophytanes
  • Tetracyclophytanes
  • Cembranes and Cyclocembranes
  • Prenylsesquiterpenes
  • Ginkgolides



  • Acyclic Sesterterpenes
  • Monocyclic Sesterterpenes
  • Polycyclic Sesterterpenes



  • Linear Triterpenes
  • Tetracyclic Triterpenes, Gonane Type
  • Pentacyclic Triterpenes, Baccharane Type
  • Pentacyclic Triterpenes, Hopane Type
  • Other Pentacyclic Triterpenes
  • Iridals



  • Carotenoids
  • Apocarotenoids
  • Diapocarotenoids
  • Megastigmanes

Polyterpenes and Prenylquinones


  • Polyterpenes
  • Prenylquinones

Selected Syntheses of Terpenes


  • Monoterpenes.
  • Sesquiterpenes
  • Diterpenes
  • Triterpenes

Isolation and Structure Elucidation


  • Isolation from Plants
  • Spectroscopic Methods of Structure Elucidation
  • Structure Elucidation of a Sesquiterpene
  • Determination of the Crystal Structure
  • Molecular Structure and Odor of Terpenes

Survey of Important Parent Skeletons of Terpenes

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