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Trends Microbiol. 1997 Dec;5(12):483-8.

The rumen microbial ecosystem--some recent developments.

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Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, UK. h.flint@rri.sari.ac.uk

Abstract

The rumen of sheep and cattle represents a mobile, self-sustaining fermentation system for plant material. Analysis of the rumen flora continues to provide fundamental knowledge of anaerobic microbiology and is now yielding microbial genes that have potential in biotechnology. Recent research has provided fascinating glimpses into the microbial enzyme systems that degrade plant material and into the complex interplay among members of the rumen community.

PMID:
9447660
DOI:
10.1016/S0966-842X(97)01159-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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