Hydrolyzable Tannins of Northern Red Oaks: Separation and Identification

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Breanna Akins and 1/C Andrew Mitchell

Adviser(s): Professor Dillner and Professor Rehill

Poster #20

This experiment seeks to quantify and characterize the tannic profile of the Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) by separating chemical components of the leaves and identifying significant hydrolyzable tannins. Two examples of hydrolyzable tannins can be seen in Figure 1. The research conducted proposes a direct effect of these tannins on the gypsy moth population. Through classification of the tannin profile in the Northern red oak leaves, we seek to define the manner in which these tannins affect the population cycles of the moths.

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