Principles of Protein Nutrition of Ruminants is a cutting-edge examination of the current state of knowledge in this important field. It explores current techniques and concepts, pointing out limitations to these techniques and introducing ideas and criticisms that will be useful in developing new paradigms for research. The scope of the book covers the whole spectrum of investigation from grazing behavior of wild ruminants to cellular and molecular phenomena. Unique aspects of the book include its emphasis on the energy status of the animal as the primary factor in affecting amino acid supply and its discussion of the nature of nitrogenous compounds in feedstuffs.
Introduction (J.M. Asplund). Structure and Function of the Ruminant Digestive Tract (J.M. Asplund). The Significance and Interpretation of Balance Methods of Determining the Utilization of Dietary Proteins (J.M. Asplund). Nitrogen Components of Forages and Feedstuffs (R.L. Reid). Amino Acid and Protein Synthesis, Turnover, and Breakdown by Ruminal Microorganisms (R.J. Wallace). Synchrony of Protein and Energy Supply to Enhance Fermentation (J.T. Huber). Absorption of Amino Acids and Peptides (K.E. Webb, Jr. and J.C. Matthews). Amino Acid and Protein Metabolism in the Whole Body and Individual Tissues of Ruminants (G.E. Lobley). The Influence of Energy on Amino Acid Supply and Utilization in the Ruminant (J.M. Asplund). The Metabolic Requirement for Amino Acids in Ruminants (J.M. Asplund). Future Research (J.M. Asplund).