Title: Evaluation of the ruminal bacterial diversity of cattle fed diets containing citrus pulp pellets
Authors: Broadway PR, Callaway TR, Carroll JA, Donaldson J, Rathmann RJ, Johnson BJ, Cribbs LM, Nisbet DJ, Schmidt TB
Journal: Agric Food Anal Bacteriol
Accepted date: 2012 Nov 10
Interpretive summary: Dietary components and changes cause shifts in the ruminal microbial ecology that can play a role in animal health and productivity, but the magnitude of these changes remains unknown. The objective of this study was to utilize pyrosequencing to analyze the diversity of ruminal bacterial populations of cattle fed citrus pulp pellets (CPP), which are fed to cattle to improve animal growth and have an impact on foodborne pathogenic bacteria in live cattle. 0, 10, or 20% of the concentrate portion of the ration was replaced with citrus pulp pellets (CPP,) and the microbial population of the rumen was found to change only slightly. Overall, there were relatively few changes in ruminal microbial populations possibly due to a lack of essential oils in the CPP which are thought to be critical in the alteration of ruminal microbial populations.
Publication date: 2012 Dec
Related projects: Interventions to Reduce Foodborne Pathogens in Swine and Cattle