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Gastrointestinal Microbial Ecology and Functionality

Edited by: Prof Jianxin Liu, Prof Weiyun Zhu
for Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 

In the past decades, the research on the gastrointestinal microbiology has been the most active research area, because the gastrointestinal microbes are related not only to the nutritional importance but also to the environmental and public health impacts. This collection of papers review the literature related to the latest advances in antimicrobial usage and resistance in beef production, rumen microbiome associated with methane emissions and its mitigation, gut mucosal immune system, rumen microbial function in degradation of toxic feed composition, microbiota-host interaction at the gut epithelial level, health and nutrition, and prospective strategies to modulate rumen microbes and fermentation.

  1. Review

    Fluoroacetate in plants - a review of its distribution, toxicity to livestock and microbial detoxification

    Fluoroacetate producing plants grow worldwide and it is believed they produce this toxic compound as a defence mechanism against grazing by herbivores. Ingestion by livestock often results in fatal poisonings,...

    Lex Ee Xiang Leong, Shahjalal Khan, Carl K. Davis, Stuart E. Denman and Chris S. McSweeney

    Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2017 8:55

    Published on: 1 June 2017

  2. Review

    The ruminal microbiome associated with methane emissions from ruminant livestock

    Methane emissions from ruminant livestock contribute significantly to the large environmental footprint of agriculture. The rumen is the principal source of methane, and certain features of the microbiome are ...

    Ilma Tapio, Timothy J. Snelling, Francesco Strozzi and R. John Wallace

    Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2017 8:7

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  3. Review

    Antimicrobial usage and resistance in beef production

    Antimicrobials are critical to contemporary high-intensity beef production. Many different antimicrobials are approved for beef cattle, and are used judiciously for animal welfare, and controversially, to prom...

    Andrew Cameron and Tim A. McAllister

    Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2016 7:68

    Published on: 12 December 2016