BETA-GLUCOSIDASE ACTIVITY AND SCENT PRODUCTION IN SOME FLOWERS

O. Suntornwat, S. Koocharoensap
In some flowers the aromatic compounds are stored as non-scented glycoside precursors in the vacuoles. The removal of the sugar moiety from these compounds was facilitated by the activity of the -glucosidases in floral tissue and is correlated with scent production. Crude extracts from different stages of three scented flowers (Wrightia religiosa, Ervatamia coronaria and Gardenia jasminoides) were assayed for -glucosidase using p-nitrophenyl--D-glucoside (p-NGP) as the substrate. Different kinds of flowers had different level of -glucosidase activity with the highest level found in Wrightia religiosa. The activity of this enzyme was detected in closed buds and was found to increase significantly in open flowers.
Suntornwat, O. and Koocharoensap, S. (2005). BETA-GLUCOSIDASE ACTIVITY AND SCENT PRODUCTION IN SOME FLOWERS. Acta Hortic. 679, 195-199
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2005.679.24
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2005.679.24
non-scented glycoside precursors, beta-glucosidase, scent emission
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