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BRIEF: Do you know anything about lolium temulentum?


QUESTION:
Do you know anything about a very toxic european plant: lolium temulentum ? I'm looking for the poisonous compounds of this plant.

ANSWER:

We called that Darnel ryegrass in California. It has an endophyte (Endoconidium temulentum) that produces a poorly-characterized, unamed toxin. There are so many toxins in endophyte infected ryegrasses, I can't imagine which ones you are looking at. For an over view see pp249-255 in Cheeke's natural Toxicants in Feeds, Forages and Poisonous plants.