Isolation of the insect paralyzing agent coniine from Sarracenia flava
Specialia Chimica, Biochimica
Cite this article as: Mody, N.V., Henson, R., Hedin, P.A. et al. Experientia (1976) 32: 829. doi:10.1007/BF02003710
As part of a study to clarify the relationship between insects and the insectivorous plant
Sarracenia flava, we have observed the presence of the paralyzing agent coniine in the volatile constituents. Fire ants have been used as the test organism in bioassay studies for paralyzing activity.
Acknowledgment. This work was financed in part by the National Institutes of Health (Grant No. CA 13268). Thanks go to Dr.
Sidney McDaniel for collection of the plant material and to Mr. Peuman Neel for assisting in the project. Literatur
The plant material used was identified as
Sarracenia flava (Sarraceniaceae) by Dr. Sidney McDaniel, Department of Botany, Mississippi State University. A voucher (preserved) specimen (SM-16, 702) representing material collected for this investigation is available for inspection at the Herbarium of the Department of Botany, Mississippi State University.
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