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PLANTS THAT KILL

A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD S MOST POISONOUS PLANTS

di DAUNCEY E. A. LARSSON S.
editore: KEW PUBLISHING (2018)
codice ISBN: 9781842466575
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Plants represent the main source of food for many of the world’s animals, and since they are unable to move away from the herbivores that feed on them (or the fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms that attack them), they need other means of protecting themselves. One self-defence strategy they have developed is the production of poisonous and noxious compounds that deter potential attackers. The variety of compounds that plants have evolved in this fight for survival is extraordinary, and examples of them can be found throughout the world and in many different plant families. The range of mechanisms through which these potentially lethal plants exert their effects is also diverse the effects of some will be felt after being eaten just once, others after repeated exposure; for some the effects are felt after skin or eye exposure. Plants that Kill is a fascinating and beautifully presented exploration of the world’s most poisonous plants, their strategies for survival, the unique properties of their poisonous compounds, and the impact these have on animals and humans in particular. Pagg. 224, cm 21x28, rilegato.