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.
- 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.
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