Rumen Microbes

Learn more about the role of the rumen and lower gut microorganisms and their impact on the host’s performance, nutrition, and health. The ruminant is a fascinating animal due to its ability to convert feed and forage into energy and microbial protein thanks to the activity of its gut microbial community: bacteria, archaea, protozoa, and fungi. This page features microbes found in the gut of ruminants.

Interconnecting Feed Efficiency with Mechanisms of Muscle Growth

Keep updated with our work with the Tennessee Beef Promotion Board as we examine the relationship between feed efficiency and the expression of specific genes that control muscle growth in the muscle of beef cattle.

Infographic created by MS student Sophia Ascolese.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Phillip Myer.

Infographic describing the connection between feed efficiency and muscle development
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This work is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive grant no. 2020-67015-30832 / project accession no. 1021775 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.