, Volume 40, Issue 12, pp 1435–1436 | Cite as

Australian goats detoxify the goitrogen 3-hydroxy-4(1H) pyridone (DHP) after rumen infusion from an indonesian goat

  • R. J. Jones
  • J. B. Lowry
Short Communications


The failure of Australian goats fedLeucaena leucocephala (leucaena) to degrade 3-hydroxy-4(1H) pyridone (DHP), the goitrogenic metabolite of mimosine, was overcome when they were infused with rumen fluid from an Indonesían goat. The leucaena toxicity problem in Australia may well be solved by transfer of specific bacteria capable of degrading DHP anaerobically.

Key words

Leucaena toxicity goat 3-hydroxy-4(1H) pyridone goitrogenic agent rumen fluid mimosine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Jones
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. B. Lowry
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures, Davies LaboratoryP.M.B.TownsvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Research Institute for Animal ProductionW. Java(Indonesia)

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