Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 401–405 | Cite as

Variation in the Composition of Secondary Metabolites in Flavocetraria Lichens from Western Siberia

  • I. A. ProkopievEmail author
  • L. N. Poryadina
  • L. A. Konoreva
  • S. V. Chesnokov
  • A. L. Shavarda


The composition and contents of secondary metabolites in Flavocetraria lichens from Eastern Siberia were analyzed using herbarium specimens. Based on the composition of identified metabolites, three F. cucullata chemotypes and two F. nivalis chemotypes were distinguished. Distinct geographic differentiation between the F. cucullata chemotypes was revealed, probably reflecting their adaptation to environmental conditions. The content of usnic acid in F. cucullata thalli was found to correlate with the latitude of growing region. This may be regarded as evidence for a protective role of this metabolite in lichens growing at high latitudes and exposed to excess solar irradiation during the polar day.


lichens genus Flavocetraria secondary metabolites chemotypes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. A. Prokopiev
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. N. Poryadina
    • 1
  • L. A. Konoreva
    • 2
    • 4
  • S. V. Chesnokov
    • 2
  • A. L. Shavarda
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Biological Problems of the Cryolithozone, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYakutskRussia
  2. 2.Komarov Botanical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Research Resource Center for Molecular and Cell TechnologiesSt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.The Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden and Institution, Kola Science CenterRussian Academy of ScienceMurmansk region, KirovskRussia

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