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Formation of 2-Heptanone from Caprylic Acid by Spores of Various Filamentous Fungi

Naturevolume 192page1185 (1961) | Download Citation



IT was shown recently that washed, non-germinating spores of Penicillium roqueforti are capable of producing 2-heptanone from caprylic acid1. In examining the mechanism of this reaction2, other fungal spores were examined for their ability to produce a ketone from the fatty acid. It is significant that spores from almost half the fungi selected converted caprylic acid to heptanone, thus indicating the more general occurrence of a reaction thought to be limited to only a few moulds.

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  1. 1

    Gehrig, R. F., and Knight, S. G., Nature, 182, 1237 (1958).

  2. 2

    Haidle, C. W., Gehrig, R. F., and Knight, S. G., Bacteriol. Proc., 157 (1960).

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  1. Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 6

    • R. F. GEHRIG
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