RE: NANFA-- rotenone effects

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 10 Oct 2000 08:32:14 -0700

> It's a natural derivative of a tropical vine. South American native
> people used it to collect fish for food. Who knows how they stumbled
> upon it???

Probably the same way people discovered that cats get stoned on catnip :-)
Certainly the natives relied on forest products and used them around water.
The effects of rotenone are so sudden and severe that observation alone
probably clued them in that it had an effect on fish.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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