benzyl cyanide

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benzyl cyanide

[′ben·zəl ′sī·ə‚nīd]
(organic chemistry)
C6H5CH2CN A toxic, colorless liquid; insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and ethanol; boils at 234°C; used in organic synthesis.
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It says that spraying the pheromone phenylacetonitrile, or PAN, in tiny quantities of 10 millilitres per hectare can stop marauding armies of hoppers that march in bands five kilometers-wide given the right conditions--eating their own body-weight in vegetation daily.