noun[mass noun] Botany
The production of hydrogen cyanide by certain plants, such as cherry laurel and bracken, as a response to wounding or a deterrent to herbivores.
More example sentences
- Defoliation by lepidoptera can induce cyanogenesis in some plants resulting in cyanide levels high enough to kill cattle.
- However, early growth of S. litura larva was reduced 36% on Huia plants, and this was attributed to the greater cyanogenesis.
- The findings from this project may also ultimately be useful for controlling cyanogenesis in cassava.
Definition of cyanogenesis in:
- The US English dictionary