Definition of cyanogenesis in English:

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cyanogenesis

Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪənə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/

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.
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.

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