One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The production of hydrogen cyanide by certain plants, such as cherry laurel, bracken, and some legumes, as a response to wounding or a deterrent to herbivores.
- ‘Grazing by large herbivores does not favour cyanogenesis, but some invertebrate herbivory may do so.’
- ‘Defoliation by lepidoptera can induce cyanogenesis in some plants resulting in cyanide levels high enough to kill cattle.’
- ‘However, early growth of S. litura larva was reduced 36% on Huia plants, and this was attributed to the greater cyanogenesis.’
- ‘For many years I have been interested in the ecological genetics of cyanogenesis in plants.’
- ‘The findings from this project may also ultimately be useful for controlling cyanogenesis in cassava.’
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