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Title: The Influence of oral environment on diet choices in goats: a focus on saliva protein composition
Authors: Lamy, E
Capela e Silva, F
Ferreira, A
Baptista, ES
Editors: Garrote, DE
Arede, GJ
Keywords: Goats
adaptive strategy
taste sensitivity
ingestive behavior
salivary proteome
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc.
Citation: Lamy E, Capela e Silva F, Ferreira A, Sales Baptista E. The Influence of oral environment on diet choices in goats: a focus on saliva protein composition. In: Garrote DE, Arede GJ (Eds). Goats: Habitat, Breeding and Management. New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc; 2012. ISBN: 978-1-61942-932-1
Abstract: There is ample evidence that ruminants are capable of making choices between different foods that provide a more balanced diet that would be obtained by eating at random. In the particular case of goats, they occupy a diversity of habitats and different breeds present variability of feeding behaviors resultant from adaptations to the existent plant species. In their food search activity, individuals are faced with variable amounts of plant secondary metabolites (PSMs), which may present some toxic and anti-nutritional effects depending on the individual’s ability to deal with it. The oral cavity has a key role in the recognition and decision processes of ingestion or rejection. In this chapter we will first consider how goats identify foods and behave according to the food items available. Focus will be done on the importance of taste sense in this process and the information available on the main structures involved in taste detection and perception in goats will be reviewed. In a second section we will focus on the characteristics of goat’s saliva, particularly in terms of their protein composition, presenting results obtained by our research team.
ISBN: 978-1-61942-932-1
Type: bookPart
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