The gut environment; Evolution of gastrointestinal and foregut fermentation; Foregut fermentation; Fermentation in hindgut; Fermentation in birds; Fermentation in insects; Fermentation in reptiles and fish; Energy-yielding and -consuming reactions; Polysaccharide degradation; Nitrogen metabolism and transformations; Biosynthesis of nitrogen-containing compounds; Lipid metabolism and biotransformations; Biotransformation of bile acids, cholesterol and steroids; Gastrointestinal toxicology in monogastrics; Gastrointestinal detoxification in foregut fermentors.
Extremely diverse and complicated bacterial and protozoan populations inhabit the rumen and intestinal tract of animals, and there is a delicate balance among the individual populations within this complex microbial community. This authoritative edited volume, the first in a two-volume set, reviews the gut environment and the fermentations taking place in animal digestive tracts. It is an essential source of reference for microbial ecologists and physiologists, medical microbiologists and gastroenterologists, biochemists, nutritionists, veterinarians and animal scientists, and wildlife ecologists.
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