Effect of genotype and environment on alkaloid content and composition as measured by GC-MS

Aysa Pourvali, Philip Kerr, Daniel LE Waters, Dini Ganesalingam, Christopher Blanchard

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In recent years there has been an increased interest in lupins as a food ingredient due to its demonstrated health benefits. Wild-type lupins often have high levels of alkaloids. In modern medicine, alkaloids such as morphine, quinine and codeine are widely used as drugs. High levels (> 200 mg/kg) of lupin alkaloids are generally unpalatable and considered unacceptably toxic to both humans and livestock, however, the lupin alkaloids have a role in reducing insect infestation when present at sufficiently high levels. Lower levels are generally recognised as safe for humans and animals. Therefore, the right balance of alkaloids is essential in commercial lupin varieties.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2018
Event68th Australasian Grain Science Conference - Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Duration: 10 Sept 201813 Sept 2018
https://www.ausgrainscience.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Conference2018/Booklet-2018.pdf (Conference booklet)


Conference68th Australasian Grain Science Conference
Abbreviated titleGrain Science Transforming our Future
CityWagga Wagga
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