Delving into the world of poisons
Learn how New Zealand’s most poisonous creature was discovered through the investigative work of scientists. Discover what toxins are, how they are identified and how they enter the food web.
Finding your way around
There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:
- The collections contain groups of related resources about Toxins.
- The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Toxins.
- The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.
During 2009, several dogs died on Narrow Neck and Cheltenham beaches in Auckland. Scientists at the Cawthron Institute were instrumental in identifying grey side-gilled sea slugs as the toxic...
Scientists from Cawthron Institute discovered high levels of deadly tetrodotoxin in grey side-gilled sea slugs. They’re now trying to find out where the tetrodotoxin came from and how it got into...
In 2009, some grey side-gilled sea slugs (Pleurobranchaea maculata) were found to be toxic. This article describes the sea slug and its toxicity.
Poisons are substances that cause harm to organisms when sufficient quantities are absorbed, inhaled or ingested. A toxin is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms.