Carvone is a member of a family of chemicals called terpenoids. It is a natural component in several food items such as mint and caraway but it may also be used as a pesticide, food and feed flavouring in personal care products or together with other active substances, as a zootechnical feed additive. So it could be expected to be around a fair bit.
There are actually two varieties of carvone that are mirror images of each other, R-(-)- carvone (also called I-carvone) and S-(+)- carvone (also called d-carvone), which can be recognised by their smell. R-carvone smells like spearmint and S-carvone smells like caraway so there is no price for guessing that R-carvone is a principle component of oils extracted from several species of mint and S-carvone a principal component of caraway seed oil also dill seed oil and mandarin peel oil.
Caraway is one of the oldest herbs cultivated in Europe and was used for medicinal purposes by the ancient Romans without knowing about the specifics of carvone. As the compound most responsible for the flavour of caraway, dill and spearmint, carvone has been used for millennia in food. Both carvones are now used in the food and flavour industry. Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum is soaked in R-carvone and powdered with sugar.
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S-carvone is used to prevent premature sprouting of potatoes during storage while R-carvone has been proposed for use as a mosquito repellent. R-carvone is also used for air freshening products, in personal care products, in aromatherapy and in alternative medicines. S-(+)- carvone the major compound of caraway oil was used as chiral starting material in the synthesis of biologically active natural compounds. Two annulation methodologies were explored to synthesize bicyclic intermediates from the monocyclic S-(+)-carvone.
The bicyclic intermediates were further transformed into (+)-α-cyperone, a compound with anti-malaria activity, (−)-polygodial, an insect-antifeedant, a decalol that inhibits the cholesterol biosynthesis and (−)-Ambrox a commercially interesting olfactory compound. S-(+)- carvone was used as substrate for bioconversions by selected micro organisms. S-(+)-carvone was reduced predominantly to both dihydrocarvones and to neo-iso-dihydrocarveol. Sensitivity of the micro-organisms for S-(+)- carvone and some of the products prevented yields exceeding 0.35 g/l in batch cultures.
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The global carvone market is segmented on the basis of product type, application and geography. On the basis of product type, the global carvone market is segmented into L-carvone, D-carvone, natural carvone, synthetic carvone and so on. On the basis of application, the global carvone market is segmented into fodd add technologyive, pharmaceutical, daily use chemical essence, agriculture and so on.
On the basis of geography, the global carvone market is segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East & Africa. The key players of global carvone market are Paramount Aromachem, Renessenz, Gem Aromatics, Shree Bankey Behari Lal Aromatics, Jishui County Shunmin Medicinal, Wanxiang International, and Lvchange Chemical.
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