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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 573 - 580

Gas Production: A Proposed in vitro Method to Estimate the Extent of Digestion of a Feedstuff in the Rumen

S. Pashaei, V. Razmazar and R. Mirshekar    

Abstract: This study highlights the potential of a novel approach using an in vitro rumen fermentation technique for evaluation of nutritional quality of feed resources. In vitro techniques have been used extensively in feed evaluation and in studies of ruminal fermentation. This technique enables selection of feed or feed constituents for high efficiency of microbial protein synthesis in the rumen along with high dry matter digestibility and provides a basis for development of feeding strategies to maximize substrate fixation into microbial cells. This could lead to increase in the supply of protein to intestine and reduce methane production from ruminants. Gas production method is widely used to evaluate the nutritive value of different classes of feeds; this technique is more efficient than other in vitro techniques in determining the nutritive value of feeds containing tannins.

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