digestive efficiency

digestive efficiency

[dī¦jes·tiv i′fish·ən·sē]
(ecology)
A measure of the amount of ingested chemical energy actually absorbed by an animal.
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Body's digestive efficiency decreases during this season, hence intake of fatty foods such as fish or meat should be avoided.
Host digestion is not completely efficient, but changes in the gut flora can raise or lower digestive efficiency," he said.
Research conducted by scientists elsewhere has indicated that tannins--compounds naturally present in tree leaves and other feed materials--can block bacterial activity in the guts of ruminant livestock such as dairy cows, which in turn lowers digestive efficiency and effectiveness.
Digestive efficiency of insects can be determined from comparing the amount of food eaten with that remaining undigested in feces.
Kate Jones, the company's president, says, "These bacteria encourage proper bowel function, improve digestive efficiency by adding important B vitamins and enzymes like lactase, which helps digest dairy products.
By reducing digestive efficiency, it could be involved in the reduction of caloric intake and considered to be an efficient weight-control ingredient.
The clinical usefulness of reducing digestive efficiency for treating obesity has been proven by the drug orlistat, which is sold over-the-counter as Alli.
There is no existing literature on whether differential digestive efficiency of selectively bred shellfish relates to growth.
By selecting for different traits, your offspring can inherit a blend of agility, speed, hazard resistance, and digestive efficiency.
HIF was then divided by fecal and urinary digestive efficiency to obtain the heat increment of feeding as a proportion of metabolizable energy (Winship et al.
Evidence suggests a myriad of conditions including the composition of rumen protozoa and microbes, location and previous forage selection interact to influence the digestive efficiency of a specific forage.
One project in Leeds is investigating the use of extracts from garlic and aniseed to increase digestive efficiency in dairy cows.