Nutritional Aspects of Ecologically Relevant Phytochemicals in Ruminant Production.

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Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Document Type: Article
Length: 405 words
Lexile Measure: 1570L

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Author(s): Luis O. Tedeschi, James P. Muir, Harley D. Naumann, Aaron B. Norris, Carlos A. Ramírez-Restrepo, Susanne U. Mertens-Talcott

This review provides an update of ecologically relevant phytochemicals for ruminant production, focusing on their contribution to advancing nutrition. Phytochemicals embody a broad spectrum of chemical components that influence resource competence and biological advantage in determining plant species' distribution and density in different ecosystems. These natural compounds also often act as plant defensive chemicals against predatorial microbes, insects, and herbivores. They may modulate or exacerbate microbial transactions in the gastrointestinal tract and physiological responses in ruminant microbiomes. To harness their production-enhancing characteristics,...

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