Author(s): Fujise D, Tsuji K, Fukushima N, Kawai K, Harada K
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Abstract In order to fully understand the role of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under natural conditions, an adaptable analytical method was developed as the first step. beta-Ionone, beta-cyclocitral, 2-methyl-1-butanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol were simultaneously analyzed in addition to geosmin and 2-MIB using GC/MS with SPME. The slight modification of a known method allowed the simultaneous detection and quantification of these VOCs. The SIM of the 3-methyl-1-butanol was always accompanied by a shoulder peak, suggesting the presence of two compounds. In order to separate both compounds, the GC/MS conditions were optimized, and the additional peak was identified as 2-methyl-1-butanol by direct comparison of the authentic compound, indicating that the Microcystis strain always produces a mixture of 2-methyl-1-butanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol. Furthermore, it was found that 2-methyl-1-butanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol were predominant in the dissolved fractions. beta-Cyclocitral was easily oxidized to provide the oxidation product, 2,6,6-trimethylcyclohexene-1-carboxylic acid, which causes the blue color formation of cyanobacteria as a consequence of acid stress. The intact acid could be satisfactorily analyzed using the usual GC/MS without derivatization. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Chromatogr A
and referenced in Hydrology: Current Research