Home|Impact of salt tolerant Mediterranean forages as alternatives feed resources on ruminal fermentation, digestibility, milk yield, and emission of methane of lactating sheep
Impact of salt tolerant Mediterranean forages as alternatives feed resources on ruminal fermentation, digestibility, milk yield, and emission of methane of lactating sheep
Improving the sustainability of Mediterranean agro-ecosystems (Section 1) Adaptation of agriculture to climate change (Section 2) Preventing and controlling emergence of animal and plant diseases (Section 2)
Reducing the proportion of human-edible animal feed grown on cropland might have a positive effect on the availability for both foods and feeds, these can be achieved by fined alternatives to the most traditional forages that can grow in the non-arable land. Vast areas of Mediterranean-Middle East are high salinity arid and semi-arid zones, wherefore salt tolerate plants are the most common plant species naturally grown . Many of these plant species produce high volumes of green biomass and contain substantial amounts of digestible protein for ruminants. In addition, the recent work of our team showed that these plants contain bioactive phytofactors, which have been shown to possess antimicrobial, antimethanogenic, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory properties Unlike the dietary synthetic chemicals or antibiotics that used as dietary additives, the plant phytochemicals residuals in the animal product (meat or milk) may add a nutritional value to the animal products and may affect their industry and perseveration thereafter. Moreover, these phytochemicals have positive effects on reducing methane emission from ruminants.
our collabration is:
1- Evaluation of the chemical composition of different, less-well researched salt tolerant Mediterranean forages
2- In vitro evaluation of diets containing different proportion levels of these plants using the semi-automatic system of gas production, to select the most promising level that will be applicable in vivo.
3- In vivo evaluation of milk yield, milk composition, and the growth performance of the kids of sheep dams fed the experimental alternative plants.
4- Evaluation of the chemical composition of the residuals of the phytochemicals of the experimental plants in the milk of the ewes fed these plants.
5- Determination of methane produced per kg of milk of animals fed salt-tolerant forages.
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Alexandria University is a government University
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
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