Leaf wound compounds - real-time monitoring
In nature reactions often happen very fast. Common methods of analyzing compounds released when leaves are wounded do not have the capability to monitor reactions of the plants in a time resolution high enough to reveal underlying reaction sequences. Leaf wounding and the subsequent interactions between animals and plants can be analyzed in real time without the loss of precious information on the details, using our PTR-MS instruments.
PTR-MS measurement has been used when analyzing VOC emission after leaf cutting. Similar compounds are emitted from different plants: for example "greenleaf volatiles", C6-aldehydes, alcohols, terpenoids and phenolic compounds.