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Intra- and interspecific variations in vacuolar flavonoids among Ficus species from the Budongo Forest, Uganda

Greenham, J.R., Grayer, R.J. , Harborne, J.B. and Reynolds, V. (2006) Intra- and interspecific variations in vacuolar flavonoids among Ficus species from the Budongo Forest, Uganda. Journal of Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 35 (2). pp. 81-90. ISSN 0305-1978

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.bse.2006.07.006

Abstract/Summary

Leaves of 14 species of Ficus growing in the Budongo Forest, Uganda, were analysed for vacuolar flavonoids. Three to six accessions were studied for each species to see whether there was intraspecific chemical variation. Thirty-nine phenolic compounds were identified or characterised, including 14 flavonol O-glycosides, six flavone O-glycosides and 15 flavone C-glycosides. In some species the flavonoid glycosides were acylated. Ficus thonningii contained in addition four stilbenes including glycosides. Most of the species could be distinguished from each other on the basis of their flavonoid profiles, apart from Ficus sansibarica and Ficus saussureana, which showed a very strong intraspecific variation. However, on the whole flavonoid profiles were sufficiently distinct to help in future identifications.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:10161
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ficus species, Moraceae, Flavonol O-glycosides, Flavone O-glycosides, Flavone C-glycosides, Stilbenes, Intraspecific variation

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