The distribution of rare phenolic type compounds in wild and cultivated wheats

Raymond Cooper, David Lavie, Yitzchak Gutterman

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Abstract

In 14 species of Aegilops, four species of Triticum and two species of Hordeum, a complex of rare phenolic compounds was found and showed quantitative differences between the wild and domestic species. There was a dramatic reduction in the cultivars to about 5% of the amount of these phenolic constituents. In the wild species these phenolic compounds may act as important germination regulators, such as water-dissolving germination inhibitors which may act as ‘rain gauges’. This is especially important for the germination at the appropriate time in species inhabiting arid regions or deserts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-336
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994

Keywords

  • Aegilops spp
  • Triticum spp
  • cultivation
  • germination inhibitors and regulators
  • phenol content

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