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Type: Journal article
Title: Improved animal production by genetic engineering of ruminal bacteria
Author: Brooker, J.
Thomson, A.
Ward, H.
Citation: Australasian biotechnology, 1992; 2(5):288-291
Publisher: AusBiotech
Issue Date: 1992
ISSN: 1036-7128
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Brooker, J.D., A.M. Thomson and H.M Ward.
Abstract: Ruminant production is a major focus of Australian agriculture. The ability of ruminant animals such as sheep and cattle to make productive use of low quality plant materials depends on the activity and efficiency of the anaerobic microbial population that resides in the rumen. Factors that affect ruminant production include the ability of cellulolytic microorganisms to digest plant structural polysaccharides (primarily cellulose and hemicellulose), the capacity of microorganisms to metabolise and detoxify otherwise inhibitory plant products and the efficiency of nitrogen utilisation by ruminal organisms. This review will consider some current Australian research programs aimed at improving ruminant production efficiency by genetic engineering of ruminal bacteria.
Keywords: Rumen; Animals; Cattle; Sheep; Bacteria; Plants, Edible; Nitrogen; Cellulose; Genetic Engineering; Agriculture; Australia; Inactivation, Metabolic
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030000216
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