Dietary protein entering the rumen is broken down in an apparently uncontrolled way, resulting in ammonia formation and subsequent loss of N in the urine. The low efficiency of nitrogen retention represents a major economic loss, causes metabolic stress in the animal, and places a burden on the environment, by way of nitrogen-rich wastes. If a means of slowing the breakdown process at any of the individual steps can be identified, these problems would be decreased.
|Title of host publication||In vitro screening of plant resources for extra-nutritional attributes in ruminants|
|Subtitle of host publication||nuclear and related methodologies|
|Editors||P E Vercoe, H P S Makkar, A C Schlink|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Publisher||Springer: International Atomic Energy Agency|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Dec 2009|