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NITROGEN CONCENTRATION OF STOMACH CONTENTS AS AN INDEX OF DIETARY NITROGEN FOR HISPID COTTON RATS

Citation:

Clark, J. E., J. L. Parsons, E. C. Hellgren, AND E E. Jorgensen*. NITROGEN CONCENTRATION OF STOMACH CONTENTS AS AN INDEX OF DIETARY NITROGEN FOR HISPID COTTON RATS. Presented at American Society of Mammalogists, Lake Charles, LA, 06/15/2002.

Description:

We examined the reliability of using nitrogen concentration of stomach contents from hispid cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) as an index of diet nitrogen. Stomach contents of cotton rats fed diets varying in nitrogen concentration were analyzed for stomach nitrogen. Regression analysis revealed a positive linear relationship between stomach and dietary nitrogen, but the relationship was not 1:1. Thus, inverse estimation of the regression equation can be used to adjust for a lack of a 1:1 ratio and obtain more reliable and accurate estimates of diet quality. We conclude that nitrogen content of the stomach is a reliable index to diet quality for cotton rats and may have implications in nutritional studies of other small mammals.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 06/15/2002
Record Last Revised: 06/06/2005
Record ID: 62097