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Determining nutritional benefits of Cleome gynandra and its phytochemicals against Haemonchus contortus and other enteric pathogens in goat kids
For many Americans working in the animal industry, maintaining healthy livestock and their products is quintessential for economic success. Still, many goat producers lack high-grade forages that sustain large goat productions. Along with the forages, synthetic anthelmintics are also required on a regular basis in small doses to maintain overall goat health. Research on new plant material with parasitic control could stop the relying on synthetic products. This research project focuses on one plant, C. gynandra (African spider plant) which has suspected medicinal properties. The plant's phytochemicals that can affect the growth of parasites, specifically flavonoids, are being analyzed through a high performance liquid chromatography using a UVNis detector (HPLC-UV). Because of the complexity of plant systems, we first worked on developing a validated method, which includes calculating sample loss as a result of our extraction and isolation procedure. Using the validated method, we are exploring the phytochemical content of C. gyandra as well as how the phytochemistry changes as the plant matures.
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