The Nomenclature of Abscisic Acid and its Metabolites

  • G. L. Boyer
  • B. V. Milborrow
  • P. F. Wareing
  • J. A. D. Zeevaart
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


At the 1967 meeting of this Society in Ottawa, those involded with the characterisation of abscisic acid (ABA) agreed on its new name [1, 2]. Since then it has become evident that abscisic acid is the only active member of its class and so its nomenclature is far simpler than that of the gibberellins and even of the cytokinins. However, the continuing process of identifying metabolites, the awkward nomenclature that has sometimes been applied, and the changes to the rules of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (I.U.P.A.C.) require that the system of nomenclature applied to ABA and related compounds should be modified.


Abscisic Acid Numbering System Phaseic Acid Plant Growth Substance Glucose Ester 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. L. Boyer
    • 1
  • B. V. Milborrow
    • 2
  • P. F. Wareing
    • 3
  • J. A. D. Zeevaart
    • 1
  1. 1.MSU-DOE Plant Research LaboratoryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.School of BiochemistryUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyUniversity College of WalesAberystwythGreat Britain

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