Solving and Fitting France’s Rumen Model with MLAB

  • Gary Knott
  • Daniel Kerner
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 537)


Ruminants (cattle, sheep, etc.) “ferment” their ingested food in their “first stomach,” the rumen. There, food is partially digested due to mastication and microbial action. As a result of this “pre-processing,” the animal is able to extract more nutrient substances from its food than would otherwise be the case.


Italian Ryegrass Steady State Data Steady State Output Microbial Mass Total Water Output 
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  1. France, J., Thornley, J.H,M., and Beever, D.E., 1982, A mathematical model of the rumen, J. Agric. Sci. Camb. 99:343–353.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. MLAB Reference Manual, 1998, Civilized Software, Silver Spring.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary Knott
    • 1
  • Daniel Kerner
    • 1
  1. 1.Civilized Software Inc.Silver Spring

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