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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Important poisonous plants of the United States

Authors
item Panter, Kip
item Gardner, Dale
item Lee, Stephen
item Pfister, James
item Ralphs, Michael
item Stegelmeier, Bryan
item James, Lynn

Submitted to: Veterinary Toxicology: Basic and Clinical Principles
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: October 15, 2006
Publication Date: January 12, 2007
Citation: Panter, K.E., Gardner, D.R., Lee, S.T., Pfister, J.A., Ralphs, M.H., Stegelmeier, B.L., James, L.F. 2007. Important poisonous plants of the United States. Veterinary Toxicology: Basic and Clinical Principles, Chpt. 66 pp. 825-872.

Interpretive Summary: Poisonous plants and the secondary compounds they produce cause large economic losses to the livestock industry throughout the world. Catastrophic losses have occurred in certain regions of the U.S. when changing conditions alter the typical forage availability and create unusual management challenges. Aberrant environmental conditions, changing land uses, lack of understanding, increased grazing pressure, etc. all contribute to situations that result in poisoning of livestock. This chapter briefly reviews important poisonous plants of the United States and provides current information on the distribution and ecology, toxicology, conditions of grazing and prevention and management of selected poisonous plants. Basic concepts that can help reduce risk of poisoning by plants are reviewed.

Technical Abstract: Poisonous plants and the secondary compounds they produce cause large economic losses to the livestock industry throughout the world. Catastrophic losses have occurred in certain regions of the U.S. when changing conditions alter the typical forage availability and create unusual management challenges. Aberrant environmental conditions, changing land uses, lack of understanding, increased grazing pressure, etc. all contribute to situations that result in poisoning of livestock. This chapter briefly reviews important poisonous plants of the United States and provides current information on the distribution and ecology, toxicology, conditions of grazing and prevention and management of selected poisonous plants. Basic concepts that can help reduce risk of poisoning by plants are reviewed.

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