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Comparison of bovine rumen liquor and faeces as sources of micro-organisms for the in vitro gas production technique assessed using twelve graminaceous forages

  • R. Mauricio (a1), A.L. Abdalla (a2), F.L. Mould (a1), U.R. Altaf (a1), T. Smith (a1), E. Owen (a1), D.I Givens (a3), M.S. Dhanoa (a4) and M.K. Theodorou (a4)...


The experiment was conducted using a range of forages with accurately predetermined OMD values (ADAS) to compare rumen liquor (RL) and faeces (FA) as sources of inocula in the pressure transducer technique (PTT) (Theodorou et al., 1994). Gas production results were examined in relation to OMD determined in vitro (PTT, Tilley and Terry) and in vivo.



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Theodorou, M.K., Williams, B.A., Dhanoa, M.S., McAllan, A.B. and France, J. 1994. A simple gas production method using a pressure transducer to determine the fermentation kinetics of ruminant feeds. Animal Feed Science and Technology 48:185197.
France, J., Dhanoa, M.S., Theodorou, M.K., Lister, S.J., Davies, S.J. and Isaac, D. 1993. A model to interpret gas accumulation profiles with in vitro degradation of ruminant feeds. Journal of Theoretical Biology 163:99111.


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