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Utilization of exogenously supplied primary precursors for essential oil synthesis in cymbopogon species

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Biologia Plantarum

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The relative efficiency of incorporation of the exogenously supplied primary precursors [2-14C]acetate, [U-14C]glucose and [U-14C]sucrose into essential oil was determined in the immature leaves of threeCymbopogon species(C. martinii,C. winterianus andC. flexuosus). Acetate was most efficiently incorporated into essential oil inC. winterianus andC. flexuosus, whereas glucose was the best precursor inC. martinii. The observations are consistent when expressed as radioactivity [Bq] of essential oil per leaf, as percent incorporation or moles of precursors utilized for essential oil synthesis. Thus, there is selectivity in the efficiency of precursor utilization for the oil synthesis inCymbopogon species.

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Luthra, R., Sangwan, R.S. & Singh-Sangwan, N. Utilization of exogenously supplied primary precursors for essential oil synthesis in cymbopogon species. Biol Plant 35, 473–476 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02928529

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