One species, many terpenes: matching chemical and biological diversity.

  title={One species, many terpenes: matching chemical and biological diversity.},
  author={Francesco Loreto and Francesca Bagnoli and Silvia Fineschi},
  journal={Trends in plant science},
  volume={14 8},
Volatile terpenes have been proposed as chemotaxonomic markers, despite the strong environmental control on their synthesis. To clarify whether chemical profiles match biological diversity, cork oak, a monoterpene-emitting species that has been bred by humans and frequently hybridizes with other oaks, is a useful case-study. Analysis of the available genetic information in cork oak provenances suggests that volatile terpenes might indeed suitably track geographical diversity even at the… CONTINUE READING
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