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Benzoxazinoids in feeds

Benzoxazinoids (BXs) are indole-derived compounds in plants such as maize that may serve as chemical defenses against herbivores. They are stored as stable glucosides in plant cells and require the activity of glucosidases to release the corresponding toxic aglucones. Maize is commonly used in the feeding of ruminants. Yet, it is not clear what is the impact of the toxic compounds on the microbiome and the fate of BXs upon fermentation in the rumen. For this, in this project, we will elucidate the effect of BXs of maize on rumen fermentation characteristics and the microbiota in vitro using the rumen simulation technique (Rusitec).
Benzoxazinoiden im Futter
Project leader
Zebeli Qendrim
Type of Research
Applied research
Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds
Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, Unit of Food Microbiology
Funded by
Universit├Ąt Bern, Hochschulstrasse 6, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
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