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  • noun Generation of cyanide.

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  • noun The generation of cyanide, especially from a biological source


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cyano- + -genesis


  • Examination of biased codon usage, GC content and selection on gene candidates support the notion of cyanogenesis as an "old" trait within Ditrysia, as well as its origins being convergent between plants and insects.

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  • Based on analysis of the Z. filipendulae transcriptome, promising gene candidates for biosynthesis of cyanogenic glucosides was identified, and the suitability of Z. filipendulae as a model system for cyanogenesis in insects is evident.

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  • 2898-2902 (1992) [5] Topp, E.; Xun, L.; Orser, C.S.: Biodegradation of the herbicide bromoxynil (3,5-dibromo-4-hydroxybenzonitrile) by purified pentachlorophenol hy - droxylase and whole cells of Flavobacterium sp. strain ATCC 39723 is ac - companied by cyanogenesis.

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  • Cyanogenesis in plants accounts for numerous cases of acute and chronic cyanide poisoning of animals, including humans.

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