Why don't ruminal bacteria digest cellulose faster?

  title={Why don't ruminal bacteria digest cellulose faster?},
  author={Paul J. Weimer},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  volume={79 8},
The bacteria Fibrobacter succinogenes, Ruminococcus flavefaciens, and Ruminococcus albus generally are regarded as the predominant cellulolytic microbes in the rumen. Comparison of available data from the literature reveals that these bacteria are the most actively cellulolytic of all mesophilic organisms described to date from any habitat. In light of numerous proposals to improve microbial cellulose digestion in ruminants, it is instructive to examine the characteristics of these species that… CONTINUE READING