In vitro quality assessment of tannin-containing tropical shrub legumes : protein and fibre digestion

  title={In vitro quality assessment of tannin-containing tropical shrub legumes : protein and fibre digestion},
  author={C. S. McSweeneya and B. Palmerb and R. Buncha and D. O. Krausea},
  • C. S. McSweeneya, B. Palmerb, +1 author D. O. Krausea
  • Published 1999
In vitro techniques were evaluated to determine the nutritive value of a selection of tanniniferous tree and shrub legumes (Calliandra calothyrsus, Leucaena leucocephala L. diversifolia and L. pallida) compared with lucerne (Medicago sativa). Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was also added to some in vitro fermentations (10 mg PEG/50 mg plant substrate) to assess the effects of tannins on digestion of dry matter (DM), neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and nitrogen (N). Total tannin content was poorly… CONTINUE READING


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