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Phylogenetic constraints on digesta separation: Variation in fluid throughput in the digestive tract in mammalian herbivores

Muller, Dennis W.H; Caton, Judith; Codron, Daryl; Schwarm, Angela; Lentle, Roger; Streich, W. Jurgen; Hummel, Jurgen; Clauss, Marcus


The relevance of the mean retention time (MRT) of particles through the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is well understood and MRTparticleGIT is an important parameter in digestion models. Solute markers have been used to estimate MRTsoluteGIT (or 'fluid passage') in animals, but the relevance of this measure is less evident and is usually sought in its relation to MRTparticleGIT. The ratio between the two measures indicates the degree of 'digesta washing', with little washing occurring at ratios...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2011.06.004


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