Christopher S. McSweeney, Rustam Aminov, Roderick I. Mackie

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The rumen is a large pregastric fermentation compartment (foregut) which maintains a diverse but concentrated population of anaerobic bacteria, protozoa and fungi that are responsible for a variety of degradative and fermentative reactions. During this process biodegradable organic matter, mainly plant cell wall polymers, are converted into volatile fatty acids and microbial biomass which supply energy and protein to the host (ruminant) animal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of life science
Number of pages11
PublisherNature Publishing Group
Publication date2001
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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