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Carotenoids of the Mushroom Cantharellus cinnabarinus

Francis Haxo
Botanical Gazette
Vol. 112, No. 2 (Dec., 1950), pp. 228-232
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2472791
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Carotenoids of the Mushroom Cantharellus cinnabarinus
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Abstract

The edible mushroom Cantharellus cinnabarinus contains a complicated mixture of carotenoid pigments. The major component was isolated in crystalline form and named canthaxanthin. The only minor pigment identified with certainty was beta-carotene; three others have been characterized as to absorption spectra and partition behavior. A fluorescent substance, probably phytofluene, is present in the pigment extracts.

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