An in vitro evaluation of browser and grazer fermentation efficiency and microbiota using European moose spring and summer foods.

Krizsan SJ, Mateos-Rivera A, Bertilsson S, Felton A, Anttila A, Ramin M, Vaga M, Gidlund H, Huhtanen P

Ecol Evol 8 (8) 4183-4196 [2018-04-00; online 2018-03-31]

Evolutionary morphological and physiological differences between browsers and grazers contribute to species-specific digestion efficiency of food resources. Rumen microbial community structure of browsers is supposedly adapted to characteristic nutrient composition of the diet source. If this assumption is correct, domesticated ruminants, or grazers, are poor model animals for assessing the nutritional value of food consumed by browsing game species. In this study, typical spring and summer foods of the European moose (

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PubMed 29721290

DOI 10.1002/ece3.3920

Crossref 10.1002/ece3.3920

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pmc PMC5916270