Merck, Sharp and bohme Research Laboratories, Rahway, N.J.
VOLATILE CONSTITUENTS OF CANTALOUPE, Cucumis melo, AND THEIR BIOGENESIS
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2006
Journal of Food Science
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 32–37, January 1977
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YABUMOTO, K. and JENNINGS, W. G. (1977), VOLATILE CONSTITUENTS OF CANTALOUPE, Cucumis melo, AND THEIR BIOGENESIS. Journal of Food Science, 42: 32–37. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2621.1977.tb01212.x
Presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technoloaists. Anaheim. Calif. June 6–9. 1976.
Part of this work was supported by a research grant from the California Melon Advisory Board. From a thesis submitted by the senior author in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Chemistry.
- Issue published online: 25 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 25 AUG 2006
- MS received 6/7/76; revised 8/18/76: accepted 8/25/76.
The volatile emanations of cultivars of muskmelon were isolated by three procedures: direct sampling of melon cavity gases via a septum-sealed glass probe cemented to the melon, entrapment of large volumes of headspace gas on porous polymer traps, and steam distillation-extraction of pieces of melon fruit tissue. Essences were subjected to gas chromatographic analysis in high resolution wall-coated open-tubular glass capillary columns. Identifications were based on mass spectra, gas chromatographic retentions, and occasionally infrared spectra. Forty-seven compounds, dominantly esters, were identified and their concentrations during ripening were followed. The biogenetic pathways for selected esters were studied by radioassay of volatiles produced by melon tissue incubated with selected radio-labeled precursors.