quandong

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They ran a series of experiments investigating the transfer of compounds from two host species, white cedar (Melia azaderach) and creeping boobialla (Myoporum parviflorum), to quandongs.
By using radioactive carbon, the researchers found that glucose moves from the myoporum host plant to the quandong trees, no doubt benefitting the quandongs, even though these can photosynthesise in their own right.
So it seems that quandongs can obtain a chemical from particular hosts that may help to ward off damaging insects.
Loveys says further research is needed before the toxic compounds could be recommended as host-acquired organic insecticides in quandongs.
Pick your own quandongs and wattle leaves on trips led by aborigines into the desert.