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Research Project: Understanding and Mitigating the Adverse Effects of Poisonous Plants on Livestock Production Systems

Location: Poisonous Plant Research

Title: Overview of bracken fern poisoning

Author
item Stegelmeier, Bryan

Submitted to: Merck Veterinary Manual
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/10/2014
Publication Date: 7/20/2016
Citation: Stegelmeier, B.L. 2016. Overview of bracken fern poisoning. In: Aiello S.E., Moses, M.A, editors. Merck Veterinary Manual. 11th edition. Kenilworth, NJ: Merck and Company. Available: https://www.merckvetmanual.com/SearchResults?query=bracken+fern+poisoning.

Interpretive Summary: Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) has worldwide distribution and in some areas dominated plant communities replacing desirable forages. Poisoning is identified as enzootic hematuria, bright blindness, and bracken staggers. This chapter reviews updates new information on the plant, the various poisoning syndromes that it produces, the current strategies to prevent poisoning, and recommended treatments.

Technical Abstract: Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) has worldwide distribution and in some areas dominated plant communities replacing desirable forages. Poisoning is identified as enzootic hematuria, bright blindness, and bracken staggers. This chapter reviews updates new information on the plant, the various poisoning syndromes that it produces, the current strategies to prevent poisoning, and recommended treatments.