Diets derived from maize monoculture cause maternal infanticides in the endangered European hamster due to a vitamin B3 deficiency.
- Mathilde L Tissier,
- Yves Handrich,
- Odeline Dallongeville,
- Jean-Patrice Robin,
- Caroline Habold
Proc Biol Sci 2017 Jan;284(1847)
Université de Strasbourg, CNRS, IPHC UMR 7178, F-67000 Strasbourg, France.
From 1735 to 1940, maize-based diets led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people from pellagra, a complex disease caused by tryptophan and vitamin B3 deficiencies. The current cereal monoculture trend restricts farmland animals to similarly monotonous diets. However, few studies have distinguished the effects of crop nutritional properties on the reproduction of these species from those of other detrimental factors such as pesticide toxicity or agricultural ploughing. Read More