Burning vegetation produces cyanohydrins that liberate cyanide and stimulate seed germination.

@article{Flematti2011BurningVP,
  title={Burning vegetation produces cyanohydrins that liberate cyanide and stimulate seed germination.},
  author={Gavin R Flematti and David J Merritt and Matthew J Piggott and Robert D. Trengove and Steven M Smith and Kingsley W. Dixon and Emilio L. Ghisalberti},
  journal={Nature communications},
  year={2011},
  volume={2},
  pages={360}
}
Cyanide is well known for its toxicity towards living organisms. Many plants use cyanide as a defensive agent against herbivores, releasing it through the enzymatic hydrolysis of endogenous cyanogenic compounds. At low concentrations, cyanide has been proposed to have a regulatory role in many plant processes including stimulation of seed germination. However, no ecological role for cyanide in seed germination has been established. In the present study, we show that burning plant material… CONTINUE READING
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