3 years ago

Induction of a transient acidosis in the rumen simulation technique

S. Riede, G. Breves, M. Eger
Feeding high concentrate diets to cattle results in an enhanced production of short-chain fatty acids by the micro-organisms in the rumen. Excessive fermentation might result in subclinical or clinical rumen acidosis, characterized by low pH, alterations in the microbial community and lactate production. Here, we provide an in vitro model of a severe rumen acidosis. A transient acidosis was induced in the rumen simulation technique by lowering bicarbonate, dihydrogen phosphate and hydrogen phosphate concentrations in the artificial saliva while providing a concentrate-to-forage ratio of 70:30. The experiment consisted of an equilibration period of 7 days, a first control period of 5 days, the acidosis period of 5 days and a second control period of 5 days. During acidosis induction, pH decreased stepwise until it ranged below 5.0 at the last day of acidosis (day 17). This was accompanied by an increase in lactate production reaching 11.3 mm at day 17. The daily production of acetate, propionate and butyrate was reduced at the end of the acidosis period. Gas production (methane and carbon dioxide) and NH3-N concentration reached a minimum 2 days after terminating the acidosis challenge. While the initial pH was already restored 1 day after acidosis, alterations in the mentioned fermentation parameters lasted longer. However, by the end of the experiment, all parameters had recovered. An acidosis-induced alteration in the microbial community of bacteria and archaea was revealed by single-strand conformation polymorphism. For bacteria, the pre-acidotic community could be re-established within 5 days, however, not for archaea. This study provides an in vitro model for a transient rumen acidosis including biochemical and microbial changes, which might be used for testing feeding strategies or feed additives influencing rumen acidosis.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/jpn.12662

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