But soon taxol may come, either directly or indirectly, from much less precious sources: cedar wood oil
, the leaves of a yew common in Europe, the major ingredient of turpentine or even vats of living plant cells.
virginiana wood is used in the furniture industry to manufacture chests and cabinets, and the sawdust and other waste wood from lumber mills are a source of cedar wood oil (Eller and Taylor 2004).
Eller and King (2000) also reported that cedrol was a major compound in the cedar wood oil, but another sesquiterpene alcohol, widdrol, also existed in smaller amounts and appeared next to the cedrol peak on their gas chromatogram.
Cedar wood oils obtained by supercritical fluid extraction (CO2) and ethanol extraction of J.