Monday, January 10, 2011


Teaberry puts some color in an otherwise drab looking winter woods.

 Teaberry, or Wintergreen, brightens a winter day with memories of Teaberry ice cream at The Ice Shack, or the thought that mints, mouthwash, and muscle rubs are man's making use of wintergreen's chemical defenses. The flavor of wintergreen is from the oil of wintergreen, or methyl salicylate, which is a VOC that the plant uses as a chemical defense.

Pause there in the woods and ponder herbivore-induced volatile organic compound defences.  Or if you are at home, just do an internet search for "herbivore induced plant volatiles" and you'll forget that its cold and dark and snowy outside.

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