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Origin of Indigo of Woad

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Although the ancient Briton's woad, from Isatis tinctorio L., has been differentiated from the indigo dye indoxyl-β-D-glucoside, from the tropical legume genus Indigofera, it has never been identified. It has now been shown to be indoxyl-5-ketogluconate and its structure is completely specified.

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EPSTEIN, E., NABORS, M. & STOWE, B. Origin of Indigo of Woad. Nature 216, 547–549 (1967). https://doi.org/10.1038/216547a0

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