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Chemical Analysis of Plants that Poison Livestock: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Welch, Kevin D., Lee, Stephen T., Cook, Daniel, Gardner, Dale R., Pfister, James A.
- Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 2018 v.66 no.13 pp. 3308-3314
- chemical analysis, human health, humans, livestock, livestock and meat industry, metabolism, poisonous plants, toxicity, toxins
- Poisonous plants have a devastating impact on the livestock industry as well as human health. To fully understand the effects of poisonous plants, multiple scientific disciplines are required. Chemical analysis of plant secondary compounds is key to identifying the responsible toxins, characterizing their metabolism, and understanding their effects on animals and humans. In this review, we highlight some of the successes in studying poisonous plants and mitigating their toxic effects. We also highlight some of the remaining challenges and opportunities with regards to the chemical analysis of poisonous plants.