Effects of organic solvents on use of tarbush by sheep

TitleEffects of organic solvents on use of tarbush by sheep
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsEstell RE, Anderson D.M., Havstad K
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Date Published1994
Accession NumberJRN00175
KeywordsFlourensia cernua, herbivory, leaf surface, organic solvents, sheep, tarbush

Tarbush (Flourensia cernua DC) is a native perennial shrub prevelant in many parts of the Chihuahuan desert. Ruminants have exhibited limited use of tarbus leaves and new leaders as a forage during the summer growing season. Efforts to increase use of tarbush by lambs, through spraying with various organic solvents were unsuccessful. probably because of the highly variable response. However, complete immersion of tarbush in organic solvents (acetone and ethanol) increased (P< 0.01) tarbush use by ram lambs when compared to unaltered tarbush using organic solvents enhanced acceptability of tarbush to sheep.