Answer to Question #174118 in Microbiology for aliya

Question #174118

1.     Explain chemical warfare and its role in predator-prey interactions. Provide an example of the use of chemicals or toxins. (2 marks)

 doing an assignment right now and i am kind of confused on how to answer this question. please help me out thank you.

Expert's answer

chemicals to defend themselves. accumulate toxin from the food they eat. Animals which synthesize their own toxin are able to convert chemical compounds in their body to a poison. There are many amphibians that produce skin toxins.

It is suspected that some well-known compounds such as tetrodotoxin produced by newts and pufferfish are derived from invertebrate prey. Bufadienolides, defensive chemicals produced by toads, have been found in glands of natricine snakes used for defense.

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