More than 1200 diterpenes have been identified from approximately 550 Compositae taxa (Figure 1 [pp. 219–384], Tables 1–3 [pp. 7–218]). The annual output of such reports rose sharply during the past several years, a trend that was also reflected by other major lipophilic constituents of the Compositae: acetylenes (63, 465), sesquiterpene lactones (266, 458), and benzofurans and chromenes (429). Unlike these other natural products, no review of the diterpene chemistry of the Compositae has been published. Given the bulk of data currently on hand, a review of this topic is clearly overdue.
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Tom J. Mabry
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