INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PURE & APPLIED BIOSCIENCE
ISSN : 2320-7051
International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : (490) Last page : (495)
Article doi: : http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-6216
Secondary Metabolites in Forage Crops – A Review
Ajmal Fayique, C.* and Usha C. Thomas
AICRP on Forage Crops & Utilization, College of Agriculture, Vellayani,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala- 695 522, India
*Corresponding Author E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 30.01.2018 | Revised: 27.02.2018 | Accepted: 6.03.2018
India currently faces two constraints in the sector of forage production namely the widened gap between the demand and supply and the availability of inferior quality forage. Amongst these, the former can only boosted by a shift in the cropping systems adopted now and inclusion of more area under forage cultivation. But the latter, quality of the forage available, is largely determined by the presence of secondary metabolites even though they are byproducts of plant metabolism. There are nine important secondary metabolites namely tannins, saponins, cyanogenic glycosides, nitrates, mimosine, oxalates, phytates, protease inhibitors and alkaloids. Their toxic effects can be alleviated by adopting different methods, both easy and complex, which can be thus recommended to increase the quality of forage available in the country.
Key words: Secondary metabolites, Tannins, Saponins, Oxalates, Mimosine.
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Cite this article: Fayique, A.C. and Thomas, U.C., Secondary Metabolites in Forage Crops – A Review, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(3): 490-495 (2018). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.6216