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Radioisotopes. 1987 Feb;36(2):74-7.

Variations of natural 15N abundances in the tissues and digesta of domestic animals.


The natural abundance of 15N (expressed as delta 15N per mil relative to air N2) in the tissues and the change of 15N abundance during the digestion processess in cattle, pig, and goat were investigated. The 15N abundances of cattle tissues differed by about 3.5% with high values in heart, urinary bladder and diaphragm. The ages of cattle did not affect on the 15N abundances of liver and kidney in cattle. The 15N abundances of urine were lower, and those of feces were a little higher than the values of diets in cattle and pigs. The delta 15N values of milk and blood were higher than the value of diets. Two peaks of 15N abundances at forestomach and caecum were observed during the digestion processes of diet in goats. The mechanisms of the variation of 15N abundances in animal bodies were briefly discussed.

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