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The identification of gibberellins in immature seeds of Vicia faba, and some chemotaxonomic considerations

  • Valerie M. Sponsel
  • Paul Gaskin
  • Jake MacMillan


GA17, GA19, GA20, GA29, GA44 and 13-hydroxy-GA12, now named GA53, were identified by GC-MS in immature seeds of Vicia faba (broad bean). Also identified were a GA catabolite, two polyhydroxykauranoic acids, and abscisic, phaseic and dihydrophaseic acids. The GAs of Vicia are hydroxylated at C-13, in common with those of other legumes. However the GAs of Vicia are not hydroxylated at C-3, nor do they appear to be readily conjugated. In these respects Vicia resembles Pisum, another member of the tribe Viciae. Vicia differs from Phaseolus and Vigna, of the tribe Phaseoleae, in both these respects.

Key words

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry Gibberellin Hydroxylation Leguminosae Seeds (gibberellins) Vicia 



abscisic acid


dihydrophaseic acid


gibberellin An


gas chromatography


gas chromatography mass spectrometry


kauranoic acid


phaseic acid


thin layer chromatography


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerie M. Sponsel
    • 1
  • Paul Gaskin
    • 1
  • Jake MacMillan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ChemistryUniversity of BristolBristolU.K.

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