publication . Master thesis . 2018

Use of n-alkanes and long-chain alcohols as faecal markers to estimate diet composition on small ruminants grazing/browsing mountain grasslands

Magalhães, Rui José Ribeiro Ferreira de;
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  • Published: 18 Jan 2018
  • Country: Portugal
Abstract
Knowledge on the grazing/browsing behaviour, especially diet selection, of the different domestic herbivorous species under diverse vegetation communities is of particular importance for the development and application of appropriate grazing management strategies that increase the efficiency of the utilization of the existing vegetation and, consequently, the sustainability of the animal production system. Plant-wax components, namely alkanes and long-chain alcohols (LCOH), have been suggested as faecal markers to estimate diet selection of different ruminant and non-ruminant species. By combining these two marker types, it is possible to obtain a more specific ...
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free text keywords: alcanos, álcoois de cadeia longa, composição da dieta, pequenos ruminantes, pastoreio
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