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Where is fiber fermented in pig's digestive tract?

Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but fiber digestion in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood.

In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract of pigs where fiber is fermented.

“We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can we potentially do to increase it,” said Hans Stein, professor in the University of of Illinois department of animal sciences and the division of nutritional sciences.

Stein’s research group formulated four experimental diets, inc

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