Plant and Soil

, Volume 263, Issue 1, pp 1–4

Molecular weight of a germination-enhancing compound in smoke

  • Gavin R. Flematti
  • Emilio L. Ghisalberti
  • Kingsley W. Dixon
  • Robert D. Trengove
Article

DOI: 10.1023/B:PLSO.0000047804.82920.4f

Cite this article as:
Flematti, G.R., Ghisalberti, E.L., Dixon, K.W. et al. Plant and Soil (2004) 263: 1. doi:10.1023/B:PLSO.0000047804.82920.4f

Abstract

The active compound(s) in smoke responsible for promoting seed germination of a number of plant species has so far remained unknown. A germination-promoting fraction containing approximately ten compounds has been obtained from cellulose-derived smoke. Furthermore, activity has been associated with one of the compounds in this fraction. The UV absorbance maximum and molecular weight of the active compound has been established and the molecular formula has been tentatively assigned as C8H6O3.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gavin R. Flematti
    • 1
  • Emilio L. Ghisalberti
    • 1
  • Kingsley W. Dixon
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert D. Trengove
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Biomedical and Chemical SciencesThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia E-mail
  2. 2.Kings Park and Botanic GardenWest PerthAustralia
  3. 3.School of Plant BiologyThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  4. 4.School of Engineering ScienceMurdoch UniversityRockinghamAustralia