In vitro ruminal fermentation characteristics and methane production differ in selected key pasture species in Australia

Bidhyut Banik, Zoey Durmic, William Erskine, Kioumars Ghamkhar, Clinton Revell

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    Abstract

    Thirteen current and potential pasture species in southern Australia were examined for differences in their nutritive values and in vitro rumen fermentation profiles, including methane production by rumen microbes, to assist in selection of pasture species for mitigation of methane emission from ruminant livestock. Plants were grown in a glasshouse and harvested at 7 and 11 weeks after sowing for in vitro batch fermentation, with nutritive values assessed at 11 weeks of growth. The pasture species tested differed significantly (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)935-942
    JournalCrop and Pasture Science
    Volume64
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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