Bryophytes, a Source of Biologically Active, Naturally Occurring Material?
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
Copyright © 1991 by VCH Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Germany
Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 130–147, February 1991
How to Cite
Zinsmeister, H. D., Becker, H. and Eicher, T. (1991), Bryophytes, a Source of Biologically Active, Naturally Occurring Material?. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 30: 130–147. doi: 10.1002/anie.199101301
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 1 FEB 1990
- Natural products
Chemical studies of the plant category of mosses (bryophytes) were neglected for a long time. They have now been shown to be a storehouse of naturally occurring materials, including some with novel chemical structures. Many of these materials display considerable biological activity. Investigations are hampered frequently by too small amounts of plant material. The resulting low yields of components are then generally inadequate to permit testing for biological activity. In vitro culture and appropriate chemical synthesis on a preparative scale are being undertaken to overcome this difficulty.