Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Endophyte alkaloids – discovery and quantification

Endophyte alkaloids – discovery and quantification

Date :  Thursday 27 October, 2011
Time :  3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue : Conference Room, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute
Presenter : Dr Wade Mace

In New Zealand, endophyte alkaloids have been of interest since the link was made between lolitrem B and ryegrass staggers.  More alkaloids have been identified over time as it has become apparent that they are of particular importance to New Zealand’s agriculture.  Routine analysis now includes alkaloids relating to animal health (lolitrem B, epoxy-janthitrems, ergovaline) and protection of pastures from insect pests (peramine, lolines, epoxy-janthitrems).  Modern chemistry instruments have allowed more thorough investigations of the biosynthetic pathways of the alkaloids, leading to greater understanding of the gene functions and new incites into the roles of the alkaloids (and their intermediates) in plant protection.

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