Understanding the in vitro bioactivity of the forage legume Biserrula pelecinus L. - variability and mechanisms

Bidhyut Kumar Banik

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The thesis was focused to investigate the mechanism(s) of the anti-methanogenic property of the pasture legume biserrula, and to understand how different types of plant stress affect the activity of this plant towards rumen microbes.The key finding were that the in vitro anti-methanogenic bioactivity of biserrula persists over time, with mixed diet, in different growth stages, defoliations or when exposed to gradient of soil phosphorus. Chemical profiling indicated the presence of flavinoid glycosides as a major anti-methanogenic component of biserrula. These results offer encouragement for further experimentation to assist potentially novel plant-based feed additives to manipulate enteric methane production.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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