To help feed a growing world population, the global agrochemical industry is driving significant innovation in the areas of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Since many pesticides are chiral, isolating pesticide isomers that are effective while minimizing health and environmental risk is a critical objective.
Chiral compounds are commonly used in veterinary drugs for a range of livestock and domestic animals. Enantioselective pharmacokinetics is an important area of focus in the development of new veterinary therapies, from antiparasitic drugs to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Flavour and Fragrance
Chirality plays a significant role in flavour and fragrance chemistry. Chiral discrimination is an important aspect of odor perception; one isomer of a substance may have the desired fragrance, while the other isomers could be odorless or detract from the desired scent. Enantiomeric composition analysis of a flavour or fragrance is used to confirm chiral composition.