Story: Plant extracts



The compound that causes the burning, pungent taste of horopito is called polygodial. It is an active antifungal ingredient, and an insect anti-feedant (its taste deters insects from browsing).

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Nigel Perry, 'Plant extracts - Toxic and commercial compounds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2022)

Story by Nigel Perry, published 24 Sep 2007