Chemical defense in tropical green algae , order Caulerpales

  title={Chemical defense in tropical green algae , order Caulerpales},
  author={Valerie J Paul and William Fenical},
Forty marine algae of the order Caulerpales were chemically investigated. Virtually all produce toxic secondary metabolites of a unique and unprecedented class. These metabolites are generally Linear terpenoids, but unusual structural features such as aldehydes and bis-enol acetate functional groups make these compounds uruque. The conlpounds are tonc or deterrent toward microorganisms, sea urchin larvae, and herbivous fishes, and when incorporated into diets at naturally occurring… CONTINUE READING
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