National news release
Logan Scientist Honored for Poisonous-Plant
Research By Marcia Wood
February 13, 2002
LOGAN, Utah, Feb.13Discoveries 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. Panters findings improved the
management strategies that ranchers use to safely graze their animals,
especially during critical gestational times. In addition, Dr. Panters
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