The biosynthetic pathway as currently postulated for trichothecin, a model 12,13-epoxy-Δ9-trichothecene, involves the following sequence: 3 mevalonic acids → farnesyl pyrophosphate → trichodiene → trichodiol → 12,13-epoxytrichothec-9-ene → trichodermol → 12,13-epoxy,4β, 8a-dihydroxy-trichothec-9-ene → trichothecolone → trichothecin.

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1Present address: Southern Regional Research Center, SEA/AR, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70179.