Stimulation of Striga asiatica (Witchweed) Seed Germination by 6-Substituted Purines

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Science  11 Dec 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3389, pp. 1654-1656
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3389.1654


Kinetin [6-(2-furfuryl) aminopurine] and certain other 6-substituted aminopurines stimulated germination of seed of Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze. Optimum concentration for most active compounds was in the range of 5 to 25 mg/lit. Derivatives which showed high activity possessed an adenine nucleus with a phenyl, benzyl, phenethyl, or furfuryl radical substituted on the amino group.