The Delphic bee: Bees and toxic honeys as pointers to psychoactive and other medicinal plants

@article{Ott2008TheDB,
  title={The Delphic bee: Bees and toxic honeys as pointers to psychoactive and other medicinal plants},
  author={J. Ott},
  journal={Economic Botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={52},
  pages={260-266}
}
  • J. Ott
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Economic Botany
Herein a brief review, with 49 references, of the history and phytochemistry of toxic honeys, in which bees have sequestered plant secondary compounds naturally occurring in plant nectars (floral and extrafloral). It is hypothesized that such toxic honeys could have served as pointers to psychoactive and other medicinal plants for human beings exploring novel ecosystems, causing such plants to stand out, even against a background of extreme biodiversity. After reviewing various ethnomedicinal… Expand

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