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Allylbenzene parent structure

Phenylpropenes, propenylphenols or allylbenzenes are a class of phenylpropanoids in which a benzene ring has an allyl group attached to it. Phenylpropenes have been used as a precursors for a variety of effective insecticides.[1]

Safrole, a phenylpropene found in sassafras

The phenylpropenes, including eugenol, chavicol, safrole and estragole, are derived from the monolignols. These compounds are the primary constituents of various essential oils.

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  1. ^ Fujita, Harushige and Yamashita, Masataro (1973). "The Methylenation of Several Allylbenzene-1,2-diol Derivatives in Aprotic Polar Solvents". Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan 46 (11): 3553–3554. doi:10.1246/bcsj.46.3553. Retrieved 27 December 2013.