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Molecules 2009, 14(12), 5289-5297; doi:10.3390/molecules14125289
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Germacrene D, A Common Sesquiterpene in the Genus Bursera (Burseraceae)

1,†,*  and 2
1 Department of Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA 2 Department of Biosphere 2, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA Present address: Department of Biological Production, Akita Prefectural University, Akita 010- 0195, Japan.
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 12 November 2009 / Revised: 15 December 2009 / Accepted: 15 December 2009 / Published: 15 December 2009
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Abstract

The volatile components of the leaves of five Bursera species, B. copallifera, B. exselsa, B. mirandae, B. ruticola and B. fagaroides var. purpusii were determined by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS). Germacrene D was one of the predominant components (15.1–56.2%) of all of these species. Germacrene D has also been found in other Bursera species and some species of Commiphora, the sister group of Bursera, suggesting that the production of germacrene D might be an ancient trait in the genus Bursera.
Keywords: Bursera; burseraceae; germacrene D; monoterpenes; sesquiterpenes Bursera; burseraceae; germacrene D; monoterpenes; sesquiterpenes
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Noge, K.; Becerra, J.X. Germacrene D, A Common Sesquiterpene in the Genus Bursera (Burseraceae). Molecules 2009, 14, 5289-5297.

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