Articles written in Proceedings – Animal Sciences
Volume 97 Issue 2 March 1988 pp 161-167
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.