Agent Name

trans-Asarone

CAS Number

2883-98-9

Formula

C12-H16-O3

Major Category

Pesticides

Synonyms

(E)-1,2,4-Trimethoxy-5-(1-propenyl)benzene; Asarabacca camphor; Asaron; Asarone; Asarum camphor; Benzene, 1,2,4-trimethoxy-5-(1-propenyl)-, (E)-; Benzene, 1,2,4-trimethoxy-5-propenyl-, trans-; Etherophenol; trans-Isoasaron; trans-Isoasarone; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Other Insecticides

Description

Solid; [HSDB] Fine faintly yellow crystals; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Found in calamus oil from roots of Acorus calamus L.; Used as a grain fumigant and insect chemosterilant; Calamus oil is used in perfumes and alcoholic beverages, but use is limited by potential toxicity of beta-asarone; [HSDB] Asarones occur in nature as a mixture of two isomers alpha (trans) and beta (cis); [Merck Index]

Comments

In high-dose animal studies, beta-asarone caused anemia and injury to the heart and liver; [HSDB] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.0015 mm Hg

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