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Agriculture 2015, 5(3), 456-474;

Adverse Effects of Larkspur (Delphinium spp.) on Cattle

USDA-ARS Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory, Logan, UT 84341, USA
USDA-ARS Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE 69833, USA
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Academic Editor: Wayne L. Bryden
Received: 14 May 2015 / Revised: 8 July 2015 / Accepted: 10 July 2015 / Published: 16 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutritional Toxicology and Animal Nutrition)
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There are numerous species of larkspur (Delphinium spp.) in North America. Larkspurs are a major cause of cattle losses on western ranges in the USA, especially on foothill and mountain rangelands. The toxicity of larkspur species is due to various norditerpenoid alkaloids. In this article, we review the current knowledge regarding larkspur ecology and distribution, analytical technologies to study and quantify the toxins in larkspur, the toxicology of the larkspur plants and their individual toxins, known genetic variations in larkspur susceptibility, and current management recommendations to mitigate losses from larkspur poisoning. View Full-Text
Keywords: larkspur; delphinium; methyllycaconitine; cattle larkspur; delphinium; methyllycaconitine; cattle

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Welch, K.D.; Cook, D.; Green, B.T.; Gardner, D.R.; Pfister, J.A.; McDaneld, T.G.; Panter, K.E. Adverse Effects of Larkspur (Delphinium spp.) on Cattle. Agriculture 2015, 5, 456-474.

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