Biomarkers for Terrestrial Plants and Climate

K. H. Freeman, R. D. Pancost

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Abstract

Long-chain n-alkyl compounds are major components of epicuticular waxes from the leaves of vascular plants. These compounds include n-alkanes, n-alkanols, n-alkanoic acids, and wax esters and are associated with cuticle, a multilayered structure on the exterior of leaves and fruits. Cuticle has multiple functions that include a primary role protecting against moisture loss. It also provides exterior strength and stiffness and these properties can vary with composition and environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrganic Geochemistry
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages395-416
Number of pages22
Volume12
ISBN (Print)9780080983004
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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