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Effect of fibre source on the efficiency of microbial synthesis by mixed microorganisms from the sheep rumen in vitro

  • M. J. Ranilla (a1), S. López (a1), M. D. Carro (a1), R. J. Wallace (a2) and C. J. Newbold (a2)...


The efficiency and rate of microbial protein synthesis in the rumen depend on several factors, of which the chemical and physical properties of the plant fibre are among the most important. Estimation of microbial yield and fermentation rate can be obtained from in vitro experiments, which combine gas production and substrate degradability measurements and/or use microbial markers. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different fibre sources on microbial protein synthesis in a batch culture system in vitro.



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Blummel, M., Makkar, H.P.S. and Becker, K. 1997. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 77: 2434


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