Diterpene resin acids in conifers

Phytochemistry. 2006 Nov;67(22):2415-23. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2006.08.019. Epub 2006 Sep 25.


Diterpene resin acids are a significant component of conifer oleoresin, which is a viscous mixture of terpenoids present constitutively or inducibly upon herbivore or pathogen attack and comprises one form of chemical resistance to such attacks. This review focuses on the recent discoveries in the chemistry, biosynthesis, molecular biology, regulation, and biology of these compounds in conifers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acids / chemistry*
  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Diterpenes / chemistry*
  • Diterpenes / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Resins, Plant / chemistry*
  • Resins, Plant / metabolism*
  • Tracheophyta / chemistry*
  • Tracheophyta / genetics
  • Tracheophyta / metabolism*


  • Acids
  • Diterpenes
  • Resins, Plant