polygodial in the antipodes

Chris Read Chris.Read at agsci.utas.edu.au
Wed Aug 16 19:41:36 EST 1995

For any that are interested, there is a group in Tasmania researching and
producing commercial quantities of the leaf and extract of Tasmannia
lanceolata (Winteraceae), rich in polygodial (up to 30% in the extract) as
a culinary speciality and food flavouring respectively. 
The compound is known for its antibiotic properties, demonstrated against a
range of organisms. It is found in oil cells in the leaf and seed of the
plant, and levels vary widely in the natural population. 
I'd be interested in any comment on the compound, the family, the storage

Chris.Read at agsci.utas.edu.au

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