Rumen Microbiology: From Evolution to Revolution

  • Anil Kumar Puniya
  • Rameshwar Singh
  • Devki Nandan Kamra

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Overview of Rumen and Ruminants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Prasanta Kumar Choudhury, Abdelfattah Zeidan Mohamed Salem, Rajashree Jena, Sanjeev Kumar, Rameshwar Singh, Anil Kumar Puniya
      Pages 3-16
    3. Neeta Agarwal, Devki Nandan Kamra, L. C. Chaudhary
      Pages 17-30
    4. Suzanne L. Ishaq, André-Denis G. Wright
      Pages 37-45
    5. Kiyoshi Tajima, Rustam Aminov
      Pages 47-75
  3. Rumen Microbial Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. M. Zhou, Y. Chen, L. L. Guan
      Pages 79-95
    3. Katerina Fliegerova, Kerstin Kaerger, Paul Kirk, Kerstin Voigt
      Pages 97-112
    4. André-Denis G. Wright
      Pages 113-120
    5. Rosalind A. Gilbert, Athol V. Klieve
      Pages 121-141
    6. Laura M. Cersosimo, André-Denis G. Wright
      Pages 143-150
  4. Rumen Manipulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Serena Calabrò
      Pages 153-159
    3. Ravinder Nagpal, Bhuvnesh Shrivastava, Nikhil Kumar, Tejpal Dhewa, Harmesh Sahay
      Pages 161-175
    4. Bhuvnesh Shrivastava, Kavish Kumar Jain, Ravinder Kumar, Sonali Prusty, Sandeep Kumar, Subhojit Chakraborty et al.
      Pages 213-220
  5. Exploration and Exploitation of Rumen Microbes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Robert W. Li
      Pages 223-245
    3. Gunjan Goel, Sumit Singh Dagar, Mamta Raghav, Saurabh Bansal
      Pages 247-263
    4. Saurabh Bansal, Gunjan Goel
      Pages 281-291
    5. K. Arunasri, S. Shivaji, Phil J. Hobbs, Mamatha Potu, S. Kishore, Sreenivas Rao Ravella
      Pages 293-311
  6. Intestinal Disorders and Rumen Microbes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Rodrigo Dias Lauritano Pacheco, Gustavo Durante Cruz
      Pages 315-327
    3. Devki Nandan Kamra, Neeta Agarwal, L. C. Chaudhary
      Pages 343-353
  7. Future Prospects of Rumen Microbiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Sanjay Kumar, Dipti W. Pitta
      Pages 357-379

About this book


This book offers an in-depth description of different groups of microbes (i.e. bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses) that exist in the rumen microbial community, and offers an overview of rumen microbiology, the rumen microbial ecosystem of domesticated ruminants, and rumen microbial diversity. It provides the latest concepts on rumen microbiology for scholars, researchers and teachers of animal and veterinary sciences. With this goal in mind, throughout the text we focus on specific areas related to the biology and complex interactions of the microbes in rumen, integrating significant key issues in each respective area. We also discuss rumen manipulation with plant secondary metabolites, microbial feed additives, utilization of organic acids, selective inhibition of harmful rumen microbes, and ‘omics’ approaches to manipulating rumen microbial functions. A section on the exploration and exploitation of rumen microbes addresses topics including the current state of knowledge on rumen metagenomics, rumen: an underutilized niche for industrially important enzymes, and ruminal fermentations to produce fuels. We next turn our attention to commercial applications of rumen microbial enzymes and to the molecular characterization of euryarcheal communities within an anaerobic digester. A section on intestinal disorders and rumen microbes covers acidosis in cattle, urea/ ammonia metabolism in the rumen, and nitrate/ nitrite toxicity in ruminant diets. Last, the future prospects of rumen microbiology are examined, based on the latest developments in this area. In summary, the book offers a highly systematic collection of essential content on rumen microbiology.


Bacteria Fungi Gene silencing Microbial ecology Protozoa

Editors and affiliations

  • Anil Kumar Puniya
    • 1
  • Rameshwar Singh
    • 2
  • Devki Nandan Kamra
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Dairy Science and TechnologyGuru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences UniversityLudhianaIndia
  2. 2.Directorate of Knowledge Management in AgricultureIndian Council of Agricultural ResearchNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Division of Animal NutritionICAR-Indian Veterinary Research InstituteIzatnagarIndia

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