Sulfur-containing compounds in the aroma volatiles of melons (Cucumis melo)

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Wyllie, SG & Leach, DN 1992, 'Sulfur-containing compounds in the aroma volatiles of melons (Cucumis melo)', Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 253-256.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf00014a017

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The incidence of six thioether esters, methyl (methylthio)acetate, ethyl (methylthio)acetate, 2-(methylthio)ethyl acetate, methyl 3-(methylthio)propanoate, ethyl 3-(methylthio)propanoate, and 3-(methylthio)propyl acetate, considered to be of importance to the aroma profiles of Cucumis melo fruit, has been surveyed in a wide range of cultivars. Their presence and concentrations appear to be under genetic control since there are marked differences between cultivars. The concentrations of these compounds have been determined in a number of cultivars and some have been shown to have odor values which indicate that they contribute to the overall aroma perception of the ripe fruit.