Phytadienes in Zooplankton

Science  05 Mar 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3662, pp. 1148-1149
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3662.1148


Four isomeric phytadienes have been isolated from mixed zooplankton of the Gulf of Maine. The chemical structures suggest that the mixture is derived by dehydration of phytol (presumably by acid catlysis), which is present in the diet of the zooplankton.