Title

Ricin

Document Type

Report

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Abstract

Ricin is a powerful protein toxin found in the castor plant, Ricinus communis. Ricin is present in all parts of the plant but is particularly concentrated in the seeds. The toxin could be used as a biological weapon. Purified toxin can be found in a crystalline form, as a dry lyophilized powder, or dissolved in liquid. Ricin acts by inhibiting protein synthesis.

Copyright Owner

Iowa State University

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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