Microbial Fermentation in Certain Mammals

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Science  30 Oct 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3383, pp. 1192-1194
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3383.1192


The fermentation in the caecum and large intestine of ruminants is negligible compared with that in the rumen. In small ruminants the rate per unit contents is faster than in large ones, due to faster turnover. The cellulolytic bacteria of several ruminants are similar but differ in nutritional requirements.