plant-defenses

adstone adstone at vt.edu
Fri Mar 10 20:12:12 EST 1995


In article <199503101827.KAA13428 at net.bio.net>, 
LEWINSON at WSUVM1.CSC.WSU.EDU says...
>
>There are many documented cases of plants actively "defending" 
themselves.
>Perhaps the most dramatic case is the Mimosa pudica (sensitive plant).
>This plant folds their leaflets in response to touch, fire or wounding.
>This takes a couple of seconds and it is really amazing to watch it 
happening.
>This is a defense against predation, fire, wind, heavy rain, etc.h
>
>There are many other examples when plants start producing metabolites
>(generally poisonous) after they are attacked by fungi, insects, or 
herbivores.

  Thank you very much.  This information has been invaluable to me.

Adrian Stone
adstone at vt.edu




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