The Effect of Lead on the Rate of Fermentation of Herbage by Rumen Micro-Organisms

  • S. T. Strojan
  • C. J. C. Phillips


Contamination of herbage by lead reduces its rate of fermentation by rumen microorganisms, which may provide feedback to enable cattle to avoid herbage with lead.


Lead Acetate Busy Road High Baseline Level Bacterial Growth Rate Rumen Bacterium 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. T. Strojan
    • 1
  • C. J. C. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Veterinary MedicineUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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