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Phytochemistry. 2006 Feb;67(4):402-8. Epub 2006 Jan 19.

Targeted metabolite profiling provides a functional link among eucalypt taxonomy, physiology and evolution.

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Institute of Land and Food Resource, School of Forest Ecosystem Science, The University of Melbourne, Water Street, Creswick, Vic. 3363, Australia. amerc@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

Adaptation to aridity is considered a major factor in the evolution of the genus Eucalyptus. For the first time, targeted metabolite profiling has uncovered a quantitative yet discrete phytochemical link with eucalypt taxonomy. The distribution of cyclitols among Eucalyptus species, and a range of other Australian tree genera, support their proposed functions in plant tissues and provide putative links with the acclimation of trees to arid environments.

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16426650
DOI:
10.1016/j.phytochem.2005.11.027
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