Improving rumen function

Improving rumen function is a newly released book, edited by AAAS Fellow Dr Chris McSweeney and Professor Rod Mackie.

Major advances in analytical techniques and genomics have transformed our understanding of rumen microbiology. This understanding is of critical importance to livestock production since rumen function affects nutritional efficiency, emissions from ruminants (such as methane and nitrous oxide) as well as animal health. This collection reviews what we know about rumen microbiota and the role of nutritional strategies in optimising their function for more sustainable livestock production.

Part 1 summarises advances in methods for analysing the rumen microbiome.

Part 2 reviews recent research on the role of different types of rumen microbiota such as bacteria, archaea, anaerobic fungi, viruses and the rumen wall microbial community.

Part 3 discusses the way the rumen processes nutrients such as fibre and protein as well as outputs such as energy, lipids and methane emissions.

Part 4 explores nutritional strategies to optimise rumen function, including the role of pasture, silage, cereal feed, plant secondary compounds and probiotics.

Key features:

Reviews advances in understanding the role of different types of rumen microbiota such as archea, anaerobic fungi, viruses and the rumen wall microbial community.

Covers both the way the rumen processes fibre and protein and factors affecting the outputs such as energy (affecting animal health), lipids (affecting meat and milk quality) and methane emissions (affecting environmental impact).

Comprehensive review of the range of nutritional strategies to optimise rumen function such as the role of pasture, silage, cereal feed, plant secondary compounds and probiotics.

The publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, is offering AAAS members a 20% discount off the RRP of this book. Just click on the following linkΒ https://shop.bdspublishing.com/store/bds/detail/workgroup/3-190-84273 and enter the code AAAS20 at checkout.