The History of Skunk Defensive Secretion Research

@article{Wood1999TheHO,
  title={The History of Skunk Defensive Secretion Research},
  author={William F. Wood},
  journal={The Chemical Educator},
  year={1999},
  volume={4},
  pages={44-50}
}
  • W. Wood
  • Published 1999
  • Chemistry
  • The Chemical Educator
The striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is widely known for the highly odoriferous defensive secretion it uses to repel predators. Chemists have sporadically investigated the chemical composition of this secretion for many years. In this research, a number of chemicals have been incorrectly attributed to this secretion and the errors incorporated into the chemical literature. The major component in skunk spray was erroneously believed to be l-butanethiol, until it was later shown that the actual… Expand

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