Year 2021, Volume 6, Issue 2

Year : 2021
Volume : 6
Issue : 2
Authors : Fokion PAPATHANASIOU, Konstantinos ZARALIS, Irene KOUTSERI, Myrsini MALAKOU, Angelos PAPADOPOULOS, Anastasia PLIANTSA, Marialena AGGELAKI, Vasiliki KARETSA, Ioannis PAPADOPOULOS
Abstract : The extensive reedbeds, especially Phragmites australis, that spread around the perimeter of the lake Mikri Prespa, a Ramsar protected lake in the northwest of Greece, serves beneficially for several human activities and wildlife needs. Nevertheless, the apparent overgrowth and removal of this vegetation is often problematic and imposes difficulties in management and increases costs. Recent research is focusing into the use of P. australis as an alternative or complementary feed for ruminants. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the nutritive value of P. australis biomass derived from the riparian vegetation as a potential animal feed. Biomass samples were collected from six different sites of the Mikri Prespa lake in two different time periods (i.e. early August and late October 2020). The samples were analyzed for macro- and trace elements, total protein, NDF, fat and nitrogen-free extracts. Location and sampling date had a significant effect on all macronutrient concentrations with significant reductions in the second sampling period. For the trace elements zinc, copper and boron higher concentrations were observed in August, while the concentration of iron increased significantly in October. Dry matter and NDF content of P. australis was particularly high, 67.08% and 46.3% respectively; while protein content was rather moderate (8.38%, August sampling) to low (5.06%, October sampling). The results show that the nutritive value of P. australis is comparable to feeds widely used in ruminant nutrition such as wheat straw or marc, indicating a potential use as an alternative or complementary coarse feed with appropriate administration or treatment.
For citation : Papathanasiou, F., Zaralis, K., Koutseri, I., Malakou, M., Papadopoulos, A., Pliantsa, A., Aggelaki, M., Karetsa, V., Papadopoulos, I. (2021). Nutritive value of riparian common reed biomass for ruminants. AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 6. Issue No. 2. pp. 98-105. DOI:10.7251/AGRENG2102098P
Keywords : Reed beds, P. australis, Quality characteristics, Ruminant nutrition.
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