Do Steroidal Saponins Have of Role in Hepatogenous Photosensitization Diseases of Sheep?

  • Arne Flåøyen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 405)


Photosensitization of sheep is a problem of great economic importance in various parts of the world. For instance, more than half a million sheep have been reported to be photosensitized in a severe outbreak of geeldikkop, a photosensitization associated with ingestion of the plant Tribulus terrestris in South Africa (Steyn, 1949). In some years in some flocks in Norway, up to 30 to 50% of the lambs will suffer from alveld, a photosensitization occurring after ingestion of Narthecium ossifragum.


Panicum Virgatum Calcium Salt Sheep Grazing Steroidal Saponin Panicum Miliaceum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne Flåøyen
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  1. 1.Department of Reproduction and Forensic MedicineNorwegian College of Veterinary MedicineOsloNorway

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