The Rumen Protozoa

  • Alan G. Williams
  • Geoffrey S. Coleman

Part of the Brock/Springer Series in Contemporary Bioscience book series (BROCK/SPRINGER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 1-3
  3. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 4-85
  4. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 86-132
  5. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 133-164
  6. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 165-172
  7. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 173-235
  8. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 236-255
  9. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 256-299
  10. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 300-316
  11. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 317-347
  12. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 348-360
  13. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 361-367
  14. Alan G. Williams, Geoffrey S. Coleman
    Pages 368-371
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 372-442

About this book

Introduction

All ruminants are dependent on the microorganisms that live in their forestomach - the rumen - to break down ingested feed constituents into a form that the host animal can utilize. Protozoa are part of this complex ruminal population and are essential for the nutritional well-being and productivity of the host ruminant. Over 30 different genera (nearly 300 species) of protozoa from the rumen ecosystem have been described since their initial discovery nearly 150 years ago. This book brings together, for the first time, the available information on these protozoa. It comprehensively describes the characteristic anatomical features of value for their identification and includes detailed sections on techniques and methodologies for the isolation and cultivation of these fastidious, oxygen-sensitive microorganisms. Their occurrence, biochemistry, physiology, and role in the ruminal ecosystem are fully reviewed. Particular emphasis is given to potential improvement of the nutrition and productivity of the host ruminant through manipulation of the protozoal population and its activities.

Keywords

biochemistry chemistry classification ecosystem evolution forest fungi nitrogen nutrition parasites physiology protozoa taxonomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan G. Williams
    • 1
  • Geoffrey S. Coleman
    • 2
  1. 1.Rumen Microbiology Section Department of Biological Science and TechnologyHannah Research InstituteAyrScotland, UK
  2. 2.Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetic ResearchBabraham, CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2776-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7664-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2776-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1432-0061
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