|Flath, R - USDA-ARS (RETIRED)|
Submitted to: Proceedings of Emerging Techniques for Studying the Nutrition of Grazing ...
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: May 10, 1999
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Are preference and dry matter intake by ruminants dependent upon volatile compounds coming from the forage? If animals respond to such cues then it would be helpful to identify the effective chemical compounds from the many present in most plants. Plant breeders could select plants based on altered concentrations of such compounds, and animal nutritionists might add them directly to rations to affect dry matter intake.
Technical Abstract: Forage volatiles may provide cues that affect animal food choices. Collecting and identifying these compounds is challenging. The authors briefly describe the methodology and report several volatile compounds that relate to animal preference.