• Effect of feeding organic acid treated maize (Zea mays L.) on growth and reproduction of albino rats (Rattus norvegicus albinicus) and Indian desert gerbils (Meriones hurrianae, jerdon)

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      Organic acids; maize; reproduction; albino rats; desert gerbils

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      The organic, acetic and sorbic acids at 1% level were fed to albino rats and Indian desert gerbils in whole and broken maize corn. The gerbils were highly sensitive to maize treated with organic acids. The reproduction studies showed that the gerbils had more number of abnormalities with regard to the young ones. The sorbic acid treated maize possessed a teratogenic potential and it induced cannibalism. In case of albino rats no such abnormalities were found. However, abortion, delayed gestation period and cannibalism were common. Based on the data obtained it was postulated that the gerbils could be used as alternatives to albino rats in toxicological studies.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      Ameeta Banerjee1 Yashoda L Urs2 S K Majumder2

      1. Department of Studies in Applied Botany, University of Mysore, Manasagangothri, Mysore - 570 006, India
      2. Discipline of Infestation Control and Protectants, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore - 570 013, India
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