plant toxin


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Noun1.plant toxin - any substance produced by plants that is similar in its properties to extracellular bacterial toxin
nicotine - an alkaloid poison that occurs in tobacco; used in medicine and as an insecticide
strychnine - an alkaloid plant toxin extracted chiefly from nux vomica; formerly used as a stimulant
brucine - a bitter alkaloid poison resembling strychnine and extracted from nux vomica
hemlock - poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium; "Socrates refused to flee and died by drinking hemlock"
toxin - a poisonous substance produced during the metabolism and growth of certain microorganisms and some higher plant and animal species
mycotoxin - a toxin produced by a fungus
curare, tubocurarine - a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles; "curare acts by blocking cholinergic transmission at the myoneural junction"
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Ricin toxin is a plant toxin and potential biological weapon because of its stability, high potency, and availability as a by-product of castor oil production.
For years, scientists have known of some mutations in upper urinary tract cancer patients exposed to the plant toxin.
A researcher from Purdue University has discovered that a natural plant toxin can stop invading fungi by turning a fungus' protein production system against itself.
Other than Rashneeshee and the Aum Shinrikyo, the only other confirmed attempt by a terrorist group to use bioagents involved the Mau Mau, who used a plant toxin to poison cattle.
About Ricin Toxin Ricin toxin is a plant toxin thought to be a bioterror threat because of its stability and high potency as well as the large worldwide reservoir created as a by-product of castor oil production.
A team from A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology has discovered the secret recipe for 'antidotes' that could neutralize the deadly plant toxin Ricin - widely feared for its bioterrorism potential - as well as the Pseudomonas exotoxin responsible for the tens of thousands of hospital-acquired infections in immune-compromised patients around the world.
In fact, it all sounds like choosing the latest lippy, that someone might just forget to mention that Botox is actually a derivative of botulinum - a deadly plant toxin which is even used in biological warfare.
Detective work that unmasked a plant toxin poisonous to beef cattle has helped medical science in its search for cancer-fighting weapons.
Ricin, a plant toxin from the seeds of the castor bean, is one of the most poisonous naturally occurring substances known and is poisonous to people, animals and insects.