Isolation of the major germination cue from plant-derived smoke

Van Staden J. ; Jager A. K. ; Light M. E. ; Burger B. V. (2004-09)

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A highly active, heat stable, long lasting compound, 3-methyl-2H-furo[2,3- c]pyran-2-one (1), that stimulates seed germination was isolated from plant-derived smoke water using bioactivity-guided fractionation. The identification of this natural molecule, the major germination cue from smoke, should now rapidly lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the role of smoke as a promoter of seed germination.

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