Isolation of the Toxic Principle in Acacia georginae


SERIOUS losses in livestock, apparently due to poisoning by natural fodder, have occurred in the Georgina River watershed since early settlement. These occur over an area of approximately 14,000 square miles of north-western Queensland and over an equally large area of the adjoining Northern Territory. Acacia georginae is widely distributed throughout the affected areas, and its pods, seeds and leaves have proved toxic to sheep and cattle1,2.

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    Bell, A. T., Newton, L. G., Everist, S. L., and Legg, J., Austral. Vet. J., 31, 249 (1955).

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    Barnes, J. E., Austral. Vet. J., 34, 281 (1958).

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    Wluka, D. J., M.Sc. thesis, University of Queensland.

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    Rimington, C., and Steyn, D. G., Onderstepoort Vet. Sci. and Anim. Ind., 5, 81 (1935).

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OELRICHS, P., McEWAN, T. Isolation of the Toxic Principle in Acacia georginae . Nature 190, 808–809 (1961).

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