Poisonous Plants Symposium
2016 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium
Ranchers are no stranger to the risks poisonous plants pose to livestock. Dr. Kip Panter, Dr. Kevin Welch and Dr. Clint Stonecipher from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Poisonous Plants Laboratory presented their ongoing research and solutions to problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.
The Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory focuses on the effects of poisonous plants and natural toxins on livestock. According to Dr. Panter, “Our mission in the USDA goes from coast to coast, wherever poisonous problems occur, and we have a significant international impact also.” Some of their most significant accomplishments in this field include: determining locoweed’s effects on reproduction in livestock; determining the structure activity relationship of larkspur alkaloids; determining the mechanism of action in lupine-induced “crooked calf syndrome”; and their research has even led to biomedical advancements.
In addition to sharing some of their fascinating research, Dr. Panter and his team presented management strategies to reduce livestock losses and methods to reduce the impact of invasive species.