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Measuring Maple 

Acer Climate and Socio-Ecological Research Network (ACERnet) aims to investigate the impact of climate change on maple syrup. Maple samples are lyophilized, dissolved in methanol, filtered, then analyzed with reagent-based spectrophotometry and LC-MS to quantify overall and individual phenolic constituents in the maple sap, such as vanillin and coumarin, that contribute to its quality.

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