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Solanine: A Toxin in Green Solanum Tuberosum

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When exposed to sunlight, the tuber of the species Solanum tuberosum turns green just under its skin. This green substance is called solanine and is highly toxic.

Solanine is a

which is

to the taste. While the entire plant produces this compound, light exposure causes very large quantities to be produced by parenchyma cells in the

of the tuber.
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Solanine acts as a

to protect the plant from predators.