This book is about anaerobic microbes that inhabit the gut of ruminants. Similar microbes are found in many other ecosystems, including other animals and man and engineered systems such as waste digesters and landfill. This book is therefore a comprehensive reference work concerned with microbes which are of fundamental importance. They are the focal points for future developments in agriculture, industrial fermenatations, the monitoring and control of environmental pollution and the health and well-being of man.
Introduction. Rumen bacteria. Rumen anaerobic fungi. Protozoa. Development of, and natural fluctuations in, rumen microbial populations. Energy yielding and consuming reactions. Metabolism of nitrogen-containing compounds. Polysaccharide degradation. Lipid metabolism. Genetics of rumen bacteria. Microbe-microbe interactions. Compartmentation. Manipulation of rumen fermentation. Toxin degradation. Modelling. Gnotobiotics. Conclusions. References. Index.
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