Triacontanol: A New Naturally Occurring Plant Growth Regulator

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Science  25 Mar 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4284, pp. 1339-1341
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4284.1339


Alfalfa meal and chloroform extracts of the meal have increased the growth and yield of several plant species. A crystalline substance isolated from the active fraction of alfalfa meal increased the dry weight and water uptake of rice seedlings when sprayed on the foliage or applied in nutrient culture. The substance was identified as triacontanol by mass spectrometry. Sprays containing this compound also increased the growth of corn, and barley grown in soil. Authentic triacontanol produced a similar response over a wide range of concentrations on rice grown in nutrient cultures and tomatoes grown in soil.

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