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International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 721494, 5 pages
Research Article

Uptake of Seeds Secondary Metabolites by Virola surinamensis Seedlings

1Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, CP 26077, 05599-970 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Núcleo de Pesquisa em Produtos Naturais e Sintéticos (NPPNS), Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, 14040-903 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
3Lychnoflora Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Produtos Naturais LTDA, Incubadora Supera, Campus da USP, 14040-900 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
4Núcleo de Bioensaio, Biossíntese e Ecofisiologia de Produtos Naturais (NuBBE), Instituto de Química, Universidade Estadual Paulista, CP 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP, Brazil

Received 2 September 2011; Accepted 19 December 2011

Academic Editor: Ernani Pinto

Copyright © 2012 Massuo Jorge Kato et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The major secondary metabolites and fatty acids occurring in the seeds of Virola surinamensis were monitored by GC-MS during germination and seedling development. The role as carbon source for seedling development was indicated considering that both classes of compounds were similarly consumed in the seeds and that no selective consumption of compounds could be detected.