The Rumen and Its Microbes

Front Cover
Elsevier, Oct 22, 2013 - Nature - 544 pages
0 Reviews
The Rumen and Its Microbes is a contribution to the ecology of this important microbial habitat. Relatively few microbial habitats have been subjected to a thorough quantitative ecological analysis. The rumen fermentation is peculiarly suitable because of its relatively constant and continuous nature and because of the very rapid rates of conversion of organic matter. Although analysis of the ruminant-microbe symbiosis is still far from complete, knowledge is sufficient for formulation of principles and for identification and measurement of important parameters.
The first eight chapters of the book include a description of the rumen and its microbes, their activities, and the extent of these activities. This basic biology provides a framework in which applications to agriculture can be evaluated. These applications are discussed in the last four chapters: host metabolism, variation in the rumen, possible practical applications, and abnormalities in rumen function.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

CHAPTER I Introduction
1
CHAPTER II The Rumen Bacteria
8
CHAPTER III The Rumen Protozoa
91
CHAPTER IV Ruminant Functions Related to Rumen Microbial Activity
148
CHAPTER V The Rumen as a Continuous Fermentation System
206
CHAPTER VI Quantities of Carbohydrate Fermentation Products
245
CHAPTER VII Conversions of Nitrogenous Materials
281
CHAPTER VIII Vitamins and Minerals
331
CHAPTER IX Host Metabolism in Relation to Rumen Processes
353
CHAPTER X Variations in the Rumen
376
CHAPTER XI Possible Modifications in Ruminant Feeding Practices
419
CHAPTER XII Abnormalities in the Rumen
442
References
466
INDEX
527
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information