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Teguia et al., 2007. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 19 (6): 76

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Teguia, A. ; Telefo, P. B. ; Fotso, R. G., 2007. Growth performances, organ development and blood parameters of rats fed graded levels of steeped and cooked taro tuber (Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta) meal. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 19 (6): 76
Abstract 

A 42-day study on subchronic toxicity of the steeped and cooked taro meal was conducted using 16 males and 16 female 28-day-old rats. Corn meal was substituted in a complete randomized design either at 0, 25, 50 or 100% levels with steeped and cooked taro meal in the usual rats' diet. The incorporation of steeped and cooked taro meal in the diet did not have any significant effect (P>0.05) on feed consumption, weight gain and feed efficiency ratio of rats and on the macroscopic state of organs from the tested animals. No significant difference (P>0.05) was recorded between the groups of animals for relative weights of the organs and studied blood parameters. No significant effect (P>0.05) of taro was recorded on total hepatic proteins, total serum cholesterol and alanine aminotransferase. However, total serum proteins and aspartate aminotransferase significantly (P<0.05) decreased with increasing incorporation of steeped and cooked taro meal in the diet of rats. The steeped and cooked taro meal was not found to be toxic at short-term and could be recommended for animal feeding.

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Teguia et al., 2007