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5-n-Alkylresorcinols as biomarkers of sedges in an ombrotrophic peat section

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Darrel Maddy


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5-n-Alkylresorcinols with alkyl chain lengths varying from C-19 to C-25 were identified solely in bog-forming plant species classified as sedges (Eriophorum vaginatum, E. angustifolium, Trichophorum cespitosum and Rhynchospora alba). These compounds were then identified throughout the peat deposit on which these plants grow. Total abundances of 5-n-alkylresorcinols were found to reflect macrofossil abundances of sedges in a 40 cm peat profile from Bolton Fell Moss, Cumbria, UK, thereby complementing macrofossil data in palaeoclimate studies. (C) 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

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Author(s): Avsejs LA, Nott CJ, Xie SC, Maddy D, Chambers FM, Evershed RP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organic Geochemistry

Year: 2002

Volume: 33

Issue: 7

Pages: 861-867

Print publication date: 01/01/2002

ISSN (print): 0146-6380

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5290

URL: S0146-6380(02)00046-3

DOI: PII S0146-6380(02)00046-3


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