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Special Issue "Small Ruminant Nutrition and Metabolism"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Prof. María Dolores Carro Website E-Mail
Departamento de Producción Agraria, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: ruminant nutrition; digestive physiology; methane, rumen microbiota, feed additives to modify rumen fermentation, feed evaluation
Prof. Eduarda Molina-Alcaide Website E-Mail
Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Animal Nutrition, Estación Experimental del Zaidin (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), C/ ProfesorAlbareda 1, 18008, Granada, Spain
Interests: proteins, animal production, animal nutrition, digestive physiology, ruminant nutrition, feed evaluation
The world’s population of sheep and goats is 1.2 and 1.0 billion heads, respectively, and is mainly located in Asia and Africa. Small ruminants have an important role as providers of high-quality food for humans without competing for potentially human-edible feed resources. Sheep, and especially goats, have also a great capacity to adapt to adverse conditions such as arid and semi-arid ecosystems that will increase in the future as a result of climate change. Small ruminants can be raised under a wide range of production systems, from intensive production farming systems to small-scale traditional farming. In any of these systems, nutrition is key to ensuring the sustainability and efficiency of production, but also influences animal health, the quality of products (milk and meat), and levels of polluting emissions. Progress in feeding strategies depends to a large extent on the advances made in the knowledge of small ruminant metabolism, and especially of the role of rumen microbiota. Developments in the knowledge of protein and energy metabolism, the rumen microbiota, the influence of early feeding on adult metabolism, new sources of nutrients, and the influence of nutrition on environmental impacts and product quality, among others, are needed. Contributions on any of these topics or others related to them, including original research papers and literature reviews, are welcome for this Special Issue.
Prof. María Dolores Carro
Prof. Eduarda Molina-Alcaide
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- rumen fermentation and microbiota
- early feeding