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Activities and Effects of Ergot Alkaloids on Livestock Physiology and Production

Forage-Animal Production Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Lexington, KY 40546, USA
Academic Editor: Christopher L. Schardl
Toxins 2015, 7(8), 2801-2821;
Received: 8 April 2015 / Revised: 8 July 2015 / Accepted: 9 July 2015 / Published: 27 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ergot Alkaloids: Chemistry, Biology and Toxicology)
Consumption of feedstuffs contaminated with ergot alkaloids has a broad impact on many different physiological mechanisms that alters the homeostasis of livestock. This change in homeostasis causes an increased sensitivity in livestock to perturbations in the ambient environment, resulting in an increased sensitivity to such stressors. This ultimately results in large financial losses in the form of production losses to livestock producers around the world. This review will focus on the underlying physiological mechanisms that are affected by ergot alkaloids that lead to decreases in livestock production. View Full-Text
Keywords: ergot alkaloids; livestock; physiology; production ergot alkaloids; livestock; physiology; production
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Klotz, J.L. Activities and Effects of Ergot Alkaloids on Livestock Physiology and Production. Toxins 2015, 7, 2801-2821.

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