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Termite soldier chemotaxonomy. A new diterpene from the Malaysian nasute termiteBulbitermes singaporensis

  • G. D. Prestwich
  • S. H. Goh
  • Y. P. Tho


The defense secretion of the nasute termiteBulbitermes singaporensis consists of 1 new and 2 known tetracyclic diterpenes, spectrometrically identified as 14α-acetoxy-6,8-kempadien-3-one, 3α, 14α- and 3β, 14α-diacetoxy-6,8-kempadiene. The presence of these compounds supports the kinship of the oriental ‘constricted-head’ genera withNasutitermes species in the Philippines and in East Africa.


Diterpene Defense Secretion Termite Soldier Tetracyclic Diterpenes 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. D. Prestwich
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. H. Goh
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Y. P. Tho
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.University MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Forest Research InstituteKepongMalaysia

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