Conundrum of Vanillin Presence and Accumulation in Vanilla Beans
Dr. Chaim Frenkel
New Brunswick, NJ
Abstract: Vanillin, 4-Hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde, contains a reactive carbonyl group that might pose danger to cellular metabolism. We will discuss strategies employed by the vanilla plant to protect against the reactivity of vanillin during the accumulation of the compound in the vanilla bean.
Dr. Chaim Frenkel is a native of Israel where he obtained his B.Sc. degree, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He earned his MS in Horticulture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA and his doctorate from Washington State University, Pullman. WA. He next went on to do postdoctoral work at Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI.
He later accepted a position at Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey where he holds a position of a Professor.
Chaim Frenkel is interested in and carries basic studies on plant aging (and fruit ripening) processes. The focus of these studies is the query of metabolic and cellular cues that trigger the onset of aging processes in plants. He also studied various aspects of Vanilla Science and Technology.
He will speak at the Vanilla 2015 meeting on Conundrum of Vanillin Presence and Accumulation in Vanilla Beans.