Activity of fiber-degrading microorganisms in the pig large intestine.

@article{Varel1987ActivityOF,
  title={Activity of fiber-degrading microorganisms in the pig large intestine.},
  author={Vincent H. Varel},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={1987},
  volume={65 2},
  pages={488-96}
}
The large intestine is comparable to the rumen fermentation in many aspects; however, it is understood less well. Fiber in the form of cellulose and hemicellulose is one of the major substrates fermented in the large intestine. Various studies suggest that the pig can utilize fiber for growth, and up to 30% of its maintenance energy may be derived from volatile fatty acids produced in the large intestine. The total number of microorganisms in the pig large intestine do not change when a high… CONTINUE READING

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