EXAMINATION OF SOME SOLUBLE CONSTITUENTS OF SPHAGNUM GAMETOPHYTES
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA HALIFAX (NOVA SCOTIA) ATLANTIC REGIONAL LAB
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A survey of 14 Species of Sphagnum has shown that the amino acids and organic acids are essentially those encountered in higher plants. At lease one unidentified amino compound occurs in the rare S. strictum. Malic and citric acid are the dominant organic acids, but the amounts of free organic acids in Sphagrum are unusually low. Two tri- and three tetra-saccharides, consisting of fructosylated sucrose, are regular constituents of the neutral fraction of Sphagnum.