Ecological phytochemistry of Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) plants
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Author/sNovaes, Paula; González Molinillo, José María; Valera Montoya, Rosa María; Macías Domínguez, Francisco Antonio
SourcePhytochem Rev (2013) 12:839–855
The Cerrado (the Brazilian savanna) is one of the vegetation formations of great biodiversity in Brazil and it has experienced strong deforestation and fragmentation. The Cerrado must contain at least 12,000 higher plant species.We discuss the ecological relevance of phytochemical studies carried out on plants from the Cerrado, including examples of phytotoxicity, antifungal, insecticidal and antibacterial activities. The results have been classified according to activity and plant family. The most active compounds have been highlighted and other activities are discussed. A large number of complex biochemical interactions occur in this system. However, only a small fraction of the species has been studied from the phytochemical viewpoint to identify the metabolites responsible for these interactions.