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A Rusitec semi-continuous flow fermentor was used to study the influence of enzyme pretreatment of food substrates on the fermentation profile over a 2-week period following inoculation with rabbit caecal contents. Three types of substrate were examined: 1) homogenized commercial rabbit feed; 2) the solid remains of this feed after digestion with… (More)
Electrical spiking activity of the caecum is increased eight-fold and the rate of passage of digesta is increased four-fold when the volume of caecal contents is doubled. The role of caecal motility in regulating the volume of caecal contents is discussed.