Chemical Nature of Antheridogen-A, a Specific Inducer of the Male Sex Organ in Certain Fern Species

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Science  27 Jan 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3448, pp. 284
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3448.284


Antheridogen-A has been shown to be a complex carboxylic acid. The carboxyl function is necessary for inductor activity since this activity disappears on esterification and reappears after hydrolysis of the ester.