Metagenomics for Utilizing Herbivore Gut Potential

  • Birbal SinghEmail author
  • Gorakh Mal
  • Sanjeev K. Gautam
  • Manishi Mukesh


Herbivores possess a mesmerizing gut ecosystem evolved to degrade and convert crude plant biomass and non-protein nitrogen to energy precursors and high biological value proteins. It is high time to unravel valued gut microbiota of herbivores by culture-independent molecular biological and metagenomics tools, and exploit the inferences to actually obtain microorganisms and microbial metabolites of commercial interest, and evolve strategies to improve undesirable processes associated with gut metabolism.
  • Highlights

  • Herbivorous animals has precious gut microbiota and microbial metabolites

  • Metagenomics has unravelled a lot about uncultured gut microbiota

  • Many bottlenecks has to be resolved to actually utilize the potential of gut microbiota.


Herbivores Rumen Metagenomics Hydrolytic enzymes Therapeutics Industrial applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birbal Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gorakh Mal
    • 1
  • Sanjeev K. Gautam
    • 2
  • Manishi Mukesh
    • 3
  1. 1.ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Regional StationPalampurIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyKurukshetra UniversityKurukshetraIndia
  3. 3.Department of Animal BiotechnologyICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic ResourcesKarnalIndia

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