Comparison of Indirect and Direct Determination of Microbial Growth in The Rumen Simulation Technique (RUSITEC)
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A study to compare the indirect and direct measurements of microbial protein synthesis in Rusitec using stable isotope nitrogen (''N-urea with 95% enrichment) as a tracer have been conducted. Six types of ration containing 16% CP, 24 -36% CF, 49 -62% NDF and 27 -41% ADF with gradual content of non protein nitrogen (NPN) have been put into nylon bag and fed daily to Rusitec fermentor for 15 days observation. Indirect microbial protein synthesis (MPS) estimated MPS from N-turoover of the anunonia pool, while direct method estimated MPS from microbial isolated. The direct measurement of microbial-N in bacterial isolates resulted in higher microbial protein synthesis compared to the indirect method based. The results obtained are compared and discussed in relation to theoretical stoichiometric data ofrumen fermentation.