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It has been shown that Mediterranean oaks which emit isoprene, monoterpenes or no isoprenoids belong to different subgenera as indicated by morpho-taxonomy and molecular genetics. It is surmised that isoprene emission is a genetic character which evolved ancestrally in the oak genus. This character may have been either lost or modified in more recent clades such as those originating from Mediterranean oaks. Isoprenoid emission could serve as a chemico-taxonomic marker and could be used to reconstruct the phylogeny of oaks is association with molecular markers.

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Authors: LORETO F, CNR-Istituto di Biochimica ed Ecofisiologia Vegetali, Rome (IT);CICCIOLI P ET AL, CNR-Istituto per l'Inquinamento Atmosferico, Rome (IT);VALENTINI R, Università della Tuscia, Dipartimento Scienze Ambientali, Viterbo (IT);DE LILLIS M, Università 'La Sapienza', Dipartimento Biologia Vegetale, Rome (IT);CSIKY O ET AL, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Oekologia
Record Number: 199810593 / Last updated on: 1998-05-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en