Chemical ecology of canarian laurel forest: Toxic diterpenes fromPersea indica (Lauraceae)

  title={Chemical ecology of canarian laurel forest: Toxic diterpenes fromPersea indica (Lauraceae)},
  author={Azucena Gonz{\'a}lez-Coloma and Melchor G. Hern{\'a}ndez and {\'A}urea Perales and Braulio M. Fraga},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
The tree speciesP. indica (Lauraceae) is an important endemism in the Canary Islands laurel forest and can readily be distinguished by its defoliated appearance due to the seasonal action of wild rats (Rattus rattus), which eat the plant and become intoxicated. These observations and the phytochemical interest of this plant species led us to study the potentially toxic chemicals responsible for such action. We found that an ethanolic extract ofP. indica and its water fraction were toxic when… 
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