publication . Article . Other literature type . 2015

Methane emission by adult ostriches (Struthio camelus).

Michael Kreuzer; Samuel Frei; Marcus Clauss; Christoph Reutlinger; Sylvia Ortmann; Jean-Michel Hatt; Marie T. Dittmann; Marie T. Dittmann;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015 Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, volume 180, pages 1-5 (issn: 1095-6433, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract Ostriches (Struthio camelus) are herbivorous birds with a digestive physiology that shares several similarities with that of herbivorous mammals. Previous reports, however, claimed a very low methane emission from ostriches, which would be clearly different from mammals. If this could be confirmed, ostrich meat would represent a very attractive alternative to ruminant—and generally mammalian—meat by representing a particularly low-emission agricultural form of production. We individually measured, by chamber respirometry, the amount of oxygen consumed as well as carbon dioxide and methane emitted from six adult ostriches (body mass 108.3 ± 8.3 kg) durin...
free text keywords: Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Department of Small Animals, 570 Life sciences; biology, 630 Agriculture, Struthio, biology.organism_classification, biology, Digestion, Zoology, Methanogenesis, Respirometry, Methane, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Carbon dioxide, Herbivore, Methane production, Ecology
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