(R)-(-)-linalyl acetate and (S)-(-)-germacrene D from the leaves of Mexican Bursera linanoe

Koji Noge, Nobuhiro Shimizu, Judith X. Becerra

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The leaf volatile components of Mexican Bursera linanoe were identified as (R)-(-)-linalyl acetate (57.6%; 95.5% ee) and (S)-(-)-germacrene D (39.3%; 100% ee) by solvent extraction and GC-MS and chiral GC analyses. Linalool was previously reported as the major component from the leaves of B. linanoe. However, we believe that this is a decomposition product of linalyl acetate during steam distillation, a common method for extraction of essential oils. The chemically unique blend in the leaves of B. linanoe may act as a chemical barrier against its potential herbivores, Blepharida beetles that have a tendency for attacking chemically similar plants as hosts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-354
Number of pages4
JournalNatural Product Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • (R)-(-)-linalyl acetate
  • (S)-(-)-germacrene D
  • Bursera delpechiana
  • Bursera linanoe
  • Burseraceae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Plant Science
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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