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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: RUMINAL LYSINE DEGRADATION

Location: Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research

Project Number: 1907-31000-006-01
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 29, 2004
End Date: Jun 29, 2009

Objective:
1). To isolate and identify ruminal bacteria responsible for ruminal lysine degradation. 2). To study the effect of the feed additive, monensin, and bacteriocins on lysine degradation.

Approach:
Lysine is often an amino acid that limits milk production, but bacteria responsible for wasteful ruminal lysine degradation have not yet been identified. Mixed ruminal bacteria will be enriched with lysine in vitro, and bacteria capable of utilizing lysine will be isolated, characterized physiologically, tested for their susceptibility to monensin and bacteriocins, and identified via 16 S rDNA sequencing. Cattle will be supplemented with lysine to see if these same bacteria increase in vitro. The experiments with live cattle have been completed and cow is no longer needed. The manuscript entitled "Cattle will be supplemented with lysine to see if these same bacteria increase in vitro," was submitted one year ago and has been accepted.

Last Modified: 4/19/2014
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