Goose feeding and cellulose digestion

John G Mattocks


The domestic goose Anser anser, a grazing species, takes in considerable quantities of cellulose as part of its food. Investigations were carried out to discover whether cellulose is digested in the gut to any extent. The experiments and techniques for establishing through-put rates are discussed. It is unlikely that cellulose digestion contributes significantly to the goose's food up-take.

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