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Presented By: Dr. Tim Motis

Event: 2015 ECHO International Agriculture Conference (2015-11-20)

Some tropical crops contain cyanogenic glycosides, toxic substances that release hydrocyanic acid (HCN; also referred to as cyanide) when cells are crushed. Consuming these plants without cooking them can cause cyanide poisoning, with varying effects depending on cyanide levels and how long a person or animal has been eating that plant.

To determine if a plant is safe to consume, either by humans or livestock, a simple cyanide screening test using Cyantesmo paper strips is very helpful.