Digestion in Ruminants & Rodents

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Ruminants Herbivore mammals Eg. Cow, goat, giraffe, deer Feed on plant - cellulose
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Rodents. . Rabbits and rats family
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Digestive System of Ruminants Feed on plant – cellulose Need cellulase to digest it But ruminants do not produce cellulase However their digestive system are specially adapted to carry out cellulose digestion
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Ruminants. . Has a stomach with 4 chambers: 1. rumen 2. reticulum 3. omasum 4. abomasum Carry out rumination – process of regurgitating food and rechewing it
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Ruminants. . the saliva of a cow contains no salivary amylase To digest the plant material, herbivores need to depend on the cellulase-secreting microorganism in its digestive system
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. Rumen - first & largest compartment - contain bacteria that produced cellulase for the cellulose digestion - function as the fermentation chamber
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course BIO 100 taught by Professor Robinson during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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