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Toxic latex protects from herbivores: milkweeds

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Common Milkweed / Hardyplants / LicensePD - Public Domain

Any broken part of milkweeds wards off herbivores via a poisonous latex that it exudes.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Milkweed gets its name from a poisonous latex that exudes from its broken stem. This is so toxic that it can give a small animal a heart attack." (Attenborough 1995:70-71)
About the inspiring organism
Med_695pxasclepiascommon Asclepias
Asclepias

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Biological pest control product.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Agriculture, pest control, biochemistry

References
Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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