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Logan Scientist Honored for Poisonous-Plant Research

By Marcia Wood
February 13, 2002

LOGAN, Utah, Feb.13—Discoveries about the potent natural toxins in rangeland plants have garnered a research honor for Kip E. Panter of Logan, Utah. A research animal scientist, Panter has been named Senior Research Scientist of the Year for the Agricultural Research Service's eight-state Northern Plains Area. The Area encompasses Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Panter is with the ARS Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory. ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.

At an awards ceremony today in Beltsville, Md., Panter was honored with a plaque, cash and additional funds for his research.

"Dr. Panter is an international authority on the natural chemicals in lupines, poison-hemlock and other poisonous plants that cause birth defects in cattle, sheep, horses, goats and other livestock," said ARS Acting Administrator Edward B. Knipling. "Poisonous plant-induced birth defects result in estimated losses of over $3.4 million annually to the livestock industry in the western United States.

"Experiments by Dr. Panter have revealed, for example, that the poisons in lupines inhibit natural movements of the unborn animal in the womb, resulting in cleft palate and severe skeletal birth defects," said Knipling. "Dr. Panter’s findings improved the management strategies that ranchers use to safely graze their animals, especially during critical gestational times. In addition, Dr. Panter’s pioneering research is of great interest to biomedical scientists investigating the causes of--and potential therapeutic intervention for--cleft palate and other birth defects in humans."

Panter received his Bachelor of Science in 1975 in animal science and his Master of Science in 1978 in reproductive physiology, both from Utah State University, Logan; and his doctorate in 1983 in toxicology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has presented his findings at more than 50 national and international meetings and has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles for scientific publications.

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