Biomarkers for Terrestrial Plants and Climate

K. H. Freeman, R. D. Pancost

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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.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780080983004
StatePublished - Nov 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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