Experientia

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 211–212 | Cite as

The sperm attractant ofHormosira banksii (Phaeophyceae, Fucales), a seaweed common to Australia and New Zealand

  • D. G. Müller
  • M. N. Clayton
  • G. Gassmann
  • W. Boland
  • F. -J. Marner
  • L. Jaenicke
Short Communications

Summary

Hormosira banksii is a taxonomically isolated brown seaweed endemic to Australia and New Zealand. The sperm attractant of this species has been isolated and identified as trans-1-vinyl-2-(1E, 3Z-hexadienyl)-cyclopropane (I) (hormosirene).Hormosira is the first organism in which a cyclopropane derivative has been found to act as a hormone in sexual reproduction. The implication of this finding in relation to phylogeny and phytogeography is discussed.

Keywords

Cyclopropane Sexual Reproduction Brown Seaweed Phaeophyceae Cyclopropane Derivative 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. Müller
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • M. N. Clayton
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • G. Gassmann
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • W. Boland
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • F. -J. Marner
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • L. Jaenicke
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Fakultät für BiologieUniversität KonstanzKonstanz
  2. 2.Department of BotanyMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.Biologische Anstalt HelgolandHelgoland
  4. 4.Institut für BiochemieUniversität KölnKöln 1(Federal Republic of Germany)

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