The rumen microbial ecosystem: some recent developments

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-488
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997


  • selenomonas-ruminantium
  • bacteroides-uniformis
  • prevotella-ruminicola
  • anaerobic fungi
  • amino-acids
  • bacteria
  • expression
  • gene
  • microorganisms
  • accumulation


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