Plant Toxins | AJBSRJournal: American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research (Vol.4, No. 3)
Publication Date: 2019-07-25
Authors : Ogori Akama Friday;
Page : 173-175
Keywords : Plant Toxins; Effect; Mechanism; AJBSR;
Plant toxins are generally the metabolites produce through plants to protect themselves against different threats like insects, predators and microorganisms These toxins found in food plants is due to natural or new reproduction methods which enhance defensive mechanism. The plant part which may cause toxic effects includes roots, tuber, stem, fruits, buds and foliage. Natural toxins are present in numerous types of plants and these are ingested as food and when consumed in large quantity and not cook properly leads to food poisoning. These toxic substances when ingested can be potentially harmful to human health. Some plants produce phytotoxins that can severely harm or destroy any herbivore. Such as toxic proteins which have a role in defense against pathogens and insects. Such as ricin and rRNA N-glycosidase which have the potential to be used as bio-threat agents. They can be modified to exemplify improved affinity and efficacy for health endorsement. Several of these plants are commonly consumed as food. They have been developed as an evolutionary movement for self-protection. These toxic substances when taken in considerable amount can be harmful to human health and cause discomfort.
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