Effect of the Intake of Jackbean (Canavalia Ensiformis) on the Control of Gastrointestinal Parasites and the Growth of Tropical Lambs

Published on: 10/03/2011
Author/s : Leyla Ríos-de Álvarez (Universidad Central de Venezuela), John F. Huntley, Frank Jackson (Moredun Research Institute),Francisco Cortez (Universidad Central de Venezuela), George Grant (The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health), Andrew Greer (Linc

INTRODUCTION Many tropical forages harbour anti-parasitic properties which may assist in the development of a cost-effective method of parasite control for resource poor farmers. In particular, Canavalia ensiformis (jackbean) contains high levels of lectins, the purified form of which have been demonstrated in both in vitro and in vivo to have anthelmintic properties.  This study investiga...

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Drmuhammad Shafique Drmuhammad Shafique
Veterinary Doctor
October 3, 2011
it is a good natural anthelmantic being used for small ruminants.Is it available in other parts of the world or in Pakistan?
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October 3, 2011
Dear Dr Shafique:
Thanks for writing. We are very happy to have some effect with the seed meal on bot nematodes and Eimeria, and now for the next experiment we will try the lectin Con A extracted from the seeds. So we can really know if the effect is due to the lectin, and hoping to find a stronger effect. Through a very quick search using google I found that yes you do have the legominous Canavalia at Paquistan (see link: http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=5&taxon_id=250065270) . Its a very big white bean, the plant is a medium size one (aprox. 1 m tall) with beautiful purple flowers.
Ragards,
Leyla
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M Subhan Qureshi M Subhan Qureshi
Professor and Dean FAHVS, University of Agriculture, Peshawar-25120, Pakistan; Chief Organizer, Dairy Science Park
October 16, 2011
It is a good information for raising animals for the purpose of meat production in the remote rural areas. The variety of plants available in the pastures need appropriate documentation for nutrient value and pharmaceutical properties. The significant of effect of this herb on weight gain and parasitic control offers it as a potential candidate for feed supplementation at small farmers' level. Congratulations to the author.
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October 16, 2011
Many Thanks Dr Subhan Qureshi. Very happy if our tropical results, coming from the other side of the world, are useful in your conditions also.
Regards,
Leyla
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October 19, 2011
it is a good natural anthelmantic being used for small ruminants.Is it available in other parts of the world? Congratulations
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November 1, 2011
Hello Vasco. Thanks for writing. Yes for sure Canavalia ensiformis and other species of Canavalia are available in the tropics worldwide. I have checked that is used in Pakistan, for sure in other tropial countries also.
Kind regards,
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