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Fungal Antidote for Skunk Spray Found

Fungal Antidote for Skunk Spray Found


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 01 August 2019

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & SKUNKS

Skunk
Skunk, Skeezer, Pixabay.
Skunk, Skeezer, Pixabay.

 

Antidote for Skunk Spray Found

Fungal Compound Deodorizes Skunk Smell,
American Chemical Society, July 24, 2019.

MAIN POINT

Skunk Unique Defense
"When skunks feel threatened, they spray fluids from their anal glands that contain several nasty-smelling organosulfur compounds. The human nose can detect extremely low concentrations of these substances, making it difficult to completely rid clothing, hair, fur or skin of the stink."

Human Tech Insufficient
"Available "de-skunking" formulas often either don't work well or can irritate the skin and eyes."

New Fungal Champion
Pericosine A
"...researchers...have identified a compound from fungi that safely and effectively neutralizes skunk spray odor."

"...the fungal compound reacted with two types of organosulfur compounds -- thiols and thioesters -- and converted them to stable, odorless products."

 

 

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