Germacrene D, A common sesquiterpene in the genus Bursera (Burseraceae)

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5289-5297
Number of pages9
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Bursera
  • Burseraceae
  • Germacrene D
  • Monoterpenes
  • Sesquiterpenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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