Nerolic acid

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Nerolic acid
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Preferred IUPAC name
(2Z)-3,7-Dimethylocta-2,6-dienoic acid
Other names
Neric acid; 3,7-Dimethylocta-2,6-dienoic acid; 3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadienoic acid,
3D model (JSmol)
EC Number
  • 202-058-4
  • InChI=1S/C10H16O2/c1-8(2)5-4-6-9(3)7-10(11)12/h5,7H,4,6H2,1-3H3,(H,11,12)/b9-7+
  • CC(=CCC/C(=C/C(=O)O)/C)C
Molar mass 168.236 g·mol−1
Related compounds
Related isomers
Geranic acid
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Nerolic acid, also known as (Z)-3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadienoic acid is one of seven chemicals found in the Nasonov scent gland of honey-bees along with geraniol, geranic acid, (E)-citral, (Z)-citral, (E,E)-farnesol, and nerol. Of these, nerolic acid, geraniol, and (E,E)-farnesol are present in the highest proportions.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Winston, Mark L (1987). The Biology of the Honey Bee. First Harvard University Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-674-07409-5.
  2. ^ R Boch; DA Shearer (April 18, 1964). "Identification of Nerolic and Geranic Acids in the Nassanoff Pheromone of the Honey Bee". Nature. 202 (4929): 320–321. Bibcode:1964Natur.202..320B. doi:10.1038/202320a0.
  3. ^ Free JB, Ferguson AW, Picket JA (1981). "Evalutation of Various Components of the Nasonov Pheromone used by clustering honeybees". Physiological Entomology. 6 (3): 263–268. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3032.1981.tb00270.x.