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The composition of volatiles from tatami mats containing hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) wood-wool and its decline over the long term


Volatiles inside tatami mats containing hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) wood-wool as padding were analyzed. Volatiles were collected with solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers in a small chamber prepared in tatami mats and assayed by gas chromatography. Most of the detected compounds are typically found in hinoki extractives. Monoterpenes rapidly decreased at the beginning of the experiment, while the dispersion of sesquiterpenes that contain hydroxyl groups was observed to last more than 1 year. These sesquiterpenes, T-cadinols, and α-cadinols may play a role in the suppression of house dust mites.


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Correspondence to Naoyuki Matsui.

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Part of this report was presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society in Kyoto, March 2005

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Matsui, N., Ohira, T., Hiramatsu, Y. et al. The composition of volatiles from tatami mats containing hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) wood-wool and its decline over the long term. J Wood Sci 53, 529–532 (2007).

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