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plants produce toxic

Postby cathy00012345 » Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:53 am

Plant cells produce many substances that could be toxic to the cell. Describe how a cell could protect itself from its own toxic products. Why would a plant produce a toxic product such as ricin?

Plz help!!! :lol:
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Postby ntpt » Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:59 am

The toxic remains inactive
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Postby cool A-level student » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:23 am

many dangerous substances like enzymes are stored in the lysosomes, very useful organnelles that consume trash and foreign objects with the enzmes they carry
thats all i can think of hope it helps
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Postby bearhug » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:53 am

Depending on how they pollinate they might produce toxic substances to prevent from being eaten.
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Postby cool A-level student » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:58 am

thats very true a defensive mechanism!
i neva wud've thought of it that way, there are also animals that produce dangerous substances for self defence like certain frogs produe LSD that makes thier predators see things that rent really there so the frog can simply walk away whilst the predator hallucinates (mmm prob spelt that wrong but hey)
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:09 pm

True. The most commonly known substance produced by plants to prevent herbivores from eating them is latex. Latex, secreted by special glands that resemble xylem tubes, is toxic to any animal that might eat it, thus acting as a great defense mechanism.

Some animals, like some monkeys, have evolved ways to go round this mechanism. Their body can tolerate a higher amount of the stuff, but also they only eat the leaf stalk from leaves, which contains very few latex...
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