Effects of Endophyte-Infected Fescue Seed Based Diets Upon Rabbits Vaccinated Against Ergot Alkaloids
Rabbits immunized against ergot alkaloids and challenged with an endophyte-infected (E+) seed based diet had greater (P<.05) feed intakes compared to E+ controls, but body weight gains were not increased (Filipov et al., J. Anim.Sci. 1995. 73, Suppl 1: 208). Subsequent experiments were conducted to compare immunogens and adjuvants in order to maximize antibody (Ab) production against ergot alkaloids and to ascertain protection from ingestion of E+ seed.
KeywordsTall Fescue Ergot Alkaloid Peak Titer Serum Serial Dilution Rabbit Weight
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