A series of 3-hydroxymethyl-2-substituted-4-butanolides was synthesized and evaluated for their activity to induce lateral root in the lettuce seedlings. 2-Benzoyl-3-hydroxy-methyl-4-butanolide stimulated the emergence of lateral root, while the 2-alkanoyl and 2-(a-hydroxybenzyl) analogs had no activity, indicating that the 2-benzoyl moiety was essential for lateral root-inducing activity. Among the compounds tested so far, 3-hydroxy-methyl-2-(3-methoxybenzoyl)-4-butanolide showed the highest activity.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2000|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)