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Nature’s chemical warfare: an evolving struggle

Cross posted from Island Press Field Notes The story of the black swallowtail and Queen Anne’s lace is really the story of one of the premier chemical defense systems known. These are the cytochrome P450s, or CYPs, and we now know there are thousands of different CYPs across all kingdoms of life. Every one of us relies […]

Sometimes, Enough is as good as a feast in the war between plants and animals

A recent study brings to mind the English proverb “Enough is as good as a feast.” Sometimes “enough” can save your life if you are a woodrat forced to dine on Juniper.  The study also provides a couple of nice examples of life’s response to biologically produced toxins in the context of the endless war […]