Project

Improving grass-clover roughage quality

Duration
01 January 2007 → 31 December 2010
Funding
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
    • Plant biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology
    • Horticultural production
    • Veterinary medicine
Keywords
undegradable protein watersoluble carbohydrates roughage quality fatty acids
 
Project description

Quality as referred to in this project is in terms of undegradable protein, water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) and fatty acid composition of roughages. Higher amount of undegradable protein and WSC results in a more balanced protein/energy-ratio, which implicates lower emission of nitrogen. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are beneficial to human health. Fatty acid composition, ensiling, plant secondary metabolites and enzymes possibly influence the amount of PUFA in forage and consequently in milk.