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Strychnine

Strychnine, a potent alkaloid from Strychnos nux-vomica, is primarily used in pest control and neurological research. Strict handling guidelines ensure safety in specialized applications.

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Overview

Strychnine is a potent alkaloid extracted from the seeds of the Strychnos nux-vomica tree. Historically used in medicine as a stimulant and in low doses to treat various health conditions, today it is mainly used in controlled settings for rodents and pest control due to its high toxicity.

Applications

Due to its toxic nature, Strychnine’s applications are highly specialized:

– Pest Control: Effective in controlling populations of rodents and other pests in agricultural and urban settings.

– Scientific Research: Used in small, controlled doses for neurological studies due to its mechanism of blocking neurotransmitter inhibitors.

Functions

– Neurological Impact: Acts by blocking the neurotransmitter glycine, causing muscular convulsions and heightened reflexes.

– Pest Elimination: Utilized effectively as a rodenticide due to its lethal effects on the nervous system of pests.

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