Books & Proceedings

Estimation of Microbial Protein Supply in Ruminants Using Urinary Purine Derivatives Estimation of Microbial Protein Supply in Ruminants Using Urinary Purine Derivatives.
IAEA-CN-110. Vienna 2003. H.P.S. Makkar and X.B. Chen (eds) 2004. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Summary

This publication presents various models, describing the quantitative excretion of purine derivatives in urine, developed for various breeds of cattle and for sheep, goat, camel and buffalo and their use for estimation of microbial protein supply in ruminant livestock. It also describes progress made over the last decade in analytical methods for determining purine derivatives, and a unique approach for estimating microbial protein supply using spot urine samples developed under the FAO/IAEA CRP.

This approach of using spot urine samples dispenses with quantitative recovery of urine, enabling its use by field and extension workers for evaluation of the nutritional status of farm animals. Future areas of research are also highlighted in the book. This book is a good source of reference for research workers, students and extension workers alike.