Bacteriohopanepolyols (BHPs), bacteriohopanoids, or bacterial pentacyclic triterpenoids are commonly found in the lipid cell membranes of many bacteria.[1] BHPs are frequently used as biomarkers in sedimentary rocks and can provide paleoecological information about ancient bacterial communities.

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  1. ^ Blumenberg, M., Seifert, R., Kasten, S., Bahlamnn, E., and Michaelis, W. (2009) Euphotic zone bacterioplankton sources major sedimentary bacteriohopanepolyols in the Black Sea. Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, 750-766