Oxalate containing plants

Reyers, Fred and Naude, Theuns W. (2012) Oxalate containing plants. In: Veterinary Toxicology. Elsevier Publishers, pp. 1128-1139. ISBN 0123859263

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Oxalic acid, is present in different ionic forms in plants, in the form the acid, oxalate ion or salts, dependent on pH.
This has a profound effect on the potential toxicity of the oxalates. Acute oxalate toxicity most commonly causes renal pathology.
Insoluble oxalates, in the form of crystals (raphides) are used as an anti-herbivory protective mechanism by plants by causing physical damage to the lips, tongue and palate.
Endogenous synthesis of oxalate, linked to inherited enzyme and/or vitamin deficiencies may lead to renal pathology as well.

Additional Information:Veterinary Toxicology, Second Edition: Basic and Clinical Principles
Keywords:Oxalic acid, Oxalates, Oxalate ion, Poisoning, Toxicity
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D325 Animal Toxicology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:8817
Deposited On:04 Apr 2013 18:15

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