Establishment of ureolytic staphylococci in the rumen of gnotobiotic lambs

M E Barr, S O Mann, A J Richardson, C S Stewart, R J Wallace

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Abstract

Six strains of ureolytic staphylococci isolated from rumen digesta and the rumen wall of conventionally reared sheep were inoculated per os into two germ-free lambs. High numbers of staphylococci established in rumen fluid, and urease activity and normal NH3 and urea concentrations were maintained for approximately 4 weeks until slaughter. Staphylococci were found also to be associated with the rumen wall, conferring urease activity on this tissue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Bacteriology
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1980

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