Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp 1289–1298

Tannin-measuring techniques

A review
  • Alice S. Tempel

DOI: 10.1007/BF00987762

Cite this article as:
Tempel, A.S. J Chem Ecol (1982) 8: 1289. doi:10.1007/BF00987762


Techniques used in different biological and industrial fields for the detection and quantification of tannin compounds in plants are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the choice of method for ecological investigations, which may benefit from the use of a method that measures relative astringency of plant extracts at reduced costs in time and equipment, permitting the analysis of larger samples than may be feasible with more sophisticated analytical techniques.

Key words

analytical techniques astringency chromatography secondary plant compounds spectrophotometry tannins 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice S. Tempel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, Zoology GroupRutgers UniversityPiscataway

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