Retene (Forest fires and isoprene)

Retene is an aromatic molecule that occurs when forest fires happen - burning trees makes it.

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The isopropyl is a dead giveaway for a terpene, which are ubiquitous among natural products (and their forest-fire synthesized derivatives).

It makes a picrate, too!

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Brings me back to the good old days of picking isoprene units out of terpenes on natural products chem tests. Really good times when there's hydride or methyl shifts.

By Cranberry (not verified) on 09 Oct 2007 #permalink