alfalfa

(redirected from alfalfas)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

alfalfa

an herb that is grown throughout the world.
uses This herb is used for poor appetite, hay fever and asthma, and high cholesterol. It may also be used as a nutrient source.
contraindications Alfalfa is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation, in children, in persons using blood thinners, or in those with known hypersensitivity to it.

alfalfa

A bushy perennial that is a rich source of vitamins C, D, E and K, which is used primarily as animal fodder, though health-food advocates have made many extravagant claims for its use, including cancer treatmnet; alfalfa is administered internally for alcoholism, caries and diabetes, as well as bladder inflammation, gastrointestinal complaints (bloating, constipation, indigestion) and halitosis.

al·fal·fa

(al-fal'fă)
(Medicago sativa) A form of ground cover used as animal feed and as a nutritional supplement in humans. Sometimes eaten in salads. Many drug interactions are reported.
Synonym(s): lucerne, purple medick.
[Sp., fr. Ar. al-fasfasah]

alfalfa,

n Latin name:
Medicago sativa L.; parts used: buds, seeds (budding), entire plant; uses: diuretic, stomach disorders, arthritis, increase blood clotting, treat boils and bites; precautions: pregnancy, patients with lupus erythematosus; can cause hypotension, photosensitivity, and bleeding. Also called
buffalo herb, lucerne, purple medic, or
purple medick.

alfalfa

References in periodicals archive ?
Ineffectively and effectively nodulated alfalfas demonstrate biological nitrogen fixation continues with high nitrogen fertilization.
Perennial forages, like alfalfa or various perennial grasses, which are harvested several times during the growing season, could provide an alternative land base and time management strategy for manure applications.
Today, the Smiths attribute increased livestock numbers and weight gains without bloat to the fine-stemmed and fine-leaved falcata alfalfa, which they say the cattle prefer.
Ten years ago, scientists at the Cheyenne lab concluded that interseeding available varieties of alfalfa would be a good way to increase forage production and quality.
A method to reduce the number of parents while maintaining selected characteristics, and avoiding yield depression, would be desirable in alfalfa cultivar development.
One hundred-twenty parents were selected to form the broad-based synthetic, since this number represents a parent number typically used in the development of current alfalfa cultivars (Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies 1999, 2000).
Alfalfa may also be grown as a renewable replacement resource for other petroleum-based products, such as plastics and nitrogen fertilizer.
And it bodes well for breeders looking to incorporate new traits from wild species into cultivated alfalfa, which is valued at $6.
Mineral accumulation in shoot tissue is under genetic control in several plant species, including alfalfa (Gorsline et al.
When Alfalfa is included in a livestock ration it can reduce or eliminate the need for protein supplements while providing high levels of digestible energy its relatively high levels of calcium phosphorus and magnesium help to minimize mineral supplementation costs.
Case-patients were significantly more likely to have eaten alfalfa sprouts than matched controls (27/32 versus 5/32, crude odds ratio [OR] = 29.
Concurrent alfalfa production sessions will provide the latest information on fertility and pest control, and finally, a panel of innovative growers will discuss how they market their hay products.