Measuring the Toxicity Levels of Asparagus Setaceus in a Lethality Bioassay using Brine Shrimp (Artemia salina)

Rebeca Acevedo Barboza and Dr. Francisco Villa. Department of Biological and Natural Resources Science, Northern Arizona University- Yuma, 2020 South Ave 8 E, Yuma AZ 85365

There is no information on the toxicity of the plant Asparagus Setaceus. All the information known is that it is an ornamental plant and it is widely used in floral arrangements because of its unique and delicate leaf shape. It can cause skin irritation to some people but there is not research on why. A few papers mentioned that it was used to cure livestock shock after an accident and the use of the roots to do so, this was done in South Africa where the plant is originally from but, there is no scientific research as to why this was done or the effectiveness of it. Also, it has been hard to find any papers that refer to the toxicity levels of A. Setaceus, which could potentially lead to other research. 

For this research, the selected plant is A. Setaceus. We are measuring the toxicity levels for this plant by conducting a lethality bioassay using Brine Shrimp (Artemia Salina). The usage of the brine shrimp to conduct the bioassay toxicity test was selected because it can be used as a pre-preliminary toxicity screen test to further research. Since there is not a lot of information on this specific plant, this could be a good research start process that can lead the project in different directions based on the toxicity of the plant. The expected results are that the plant will be toxic at any stage. It is necessary to cut the plant at different stages in order to have a better understanding of it since the only possible test that is being done is by using the stems and leaves.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Rebeca Acevedo Barboza

Institution: Northern Arizona University

Type: Poster

Subject: Plant Sciences

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 9
Date/Time: Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm
Session Number: 6168