Plant Secondary Compounds (PSC) affect in vitro maturation and fertilisation of oocytes and subsequent embryo development

Anna Amir

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Abstract

Some pasture species produce plant secondary compounds (PSCs) that are harmful to livestock. To screen plants for PSCs that disrupt reproduction in sheep, we used artificial reproductive technology, specifically In Vitro Maturation, Fertilization and Culture (IVMFC). We showed that this approach would work with isoflavone, a PSC known to cause infertility in sheep. We then tested extracts of several forage plants and found that Biserrula produces a PSC that might benefit reproduction rather than disrupt it. Finally, we used IVMFC to show that the beneficial PSC in Biserrula is loliolide. We now need to transfer these concepts to grazing animals.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date9 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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