Why can you smell both lemon and orange from limonene?

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Judy M asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Chris:

Regarding your limonene question - why can you smell both lemon and orange from limonene?

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« Last Edit: 05/11/2009 19:17:24 by chris »

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Why can you smell both lemon and orange from limonene?
« Reply #1 on: 26/11/2009 19:55:39 »
Apparently the effect is partly down to chirality. One handedness of the molecule smells of oranges, the other doesn't!

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