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Name: Stephen L.
Status: student
Age: 16
Location: N/A
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Date: 12/9/2004


Question:
Why is the loco plant not poisonous to itself?


Replies:
Plants produce different poisons that defend themselves against insects and other creatures that would eat them or microbes that would infect them. Some of these compounds are poisons to the plants themself. The poisons are stored in special places where they will not poison the plant. Other compounds are not poisons of the plants but are poisonous to other creatures. For example, plants do not have nerves so they can make poisons that attack nerves and any creature that has a nervous system will be poisoned.

Jim Tokuhisa


Locoweed is poisonous to animals that ingest it. The toxin it produces is an alkaloid that is not toxic to plants but very toxic to animals, particularly in neurological (brain) pathways.

Possibly helpful:

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0703.htm#Locoweed

http://www.pprl.usu.edu/locoweed.htm

Anthony Brach PhD.



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