alexa The digestibility and the nitrogen, phosphorus and ash contents of the leaves of some Australian trees and shrubs
Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition

Advances in Dairy Research

Author(s): MN McLeod

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The dry matter digestibility measured in vitro and the levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and ash were determined on the leaves from mature trees of twenty-one species growing in two arboreta in southeastern Queensland and known to be grazed by animals. Most of the leaf samples had digestibilities in the lower range (68 per cent samples < 50 per cent D.M.D.) and low ash levels (65 per cent samples < 7 per cent ash). Nitrogen levels were satisfactory (86 per cent samples in range 1.5-3.0 per cent N) but the level of phosphorus tended to be low (84 per cent samples < 0.20 per cent P). Statistically significant variation between individual trees and seasons was found with some species.

This article was published in ustralian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and referenced in Advances in Dairy Research

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