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Other names
3-Hydroxydecanoic acid; β-Hydroxydecanoic acid; beta-Hydroxydecanoic acid
ChEBI CHEBI:84254 YesY
ChemSpider 132983
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MeSH C017552
PubChem 26612
Molar mass 188.27 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Myrmicacin (3-hydroxydecanoic acid) is a chemical compound of the β-hydroxycarboxylic acid class. It is named after the South American leaf-cutter ants (Myrmicinae) in which it was first discovered,[1] but is also found in royal jelly.[2] Myrmicacin is believed to act as a herbicide which prevents seeds collected by the ants from germinating within the nest.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Schildknecht, Hermann; Koob, Knut (1971). "Myrmicacin, The First Insect Herbicide". Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English. 10 (2): 124–125. doi:10.1002/anie.197101241. ISSN 0570-0833. 
  2. ^ Kodai, T; Nakatani, T; Noda, N (2011). "The absolute configurations of hydroxy fatty acids from the royal jelly of honeybees (Apis mellifera)". Lipids. 46 (3): 263–70. doi:10.1007/s11745-010-3497-x. PMID 21082360.