Phytotoxins refers to toxic substance derived from plants. These substances may be growth inhibitors, neurotoxins, carcinogens, and teratogens. They are classified based on their structural and chemical properties such as Alkaloids, Glycosides, Proteins, Anti-Vitamins etc. These phytotoxins create a significant change when it enters into the human food chain by disturbing ion channels thereby blocks the activity of central nervous system. Some substance secreted by plants have an irritant effect on skin after being irradiated by UV light. They absorb UV light, become activated and then causes cell damage by inhibiting DNA synthesis in skin. Food Poisoning are also caused by plant phytotoxins depends on many factors such as cooking methods, individual susceptibility, level of toxins which may vary according to the species and geographical environment.
- Track 1-1 Glycoside Phytotoxins
- Track 2-2 Mechanism of Action
- Track 3-3 Toxicological Effects
- Track 4-4 Food Poisoning
- Track 5-5 Preventive Measures to avoid Poisoning