The effect of several methionine sources (L-methionine = L-MET; DL-methionine = DL-MET, DL-S-methyl-methionine-sulphonium-chloride = SMM; N-hydroxymethyl-DL-methionine-Ca = NHM; methionine-hydroxy-analog free acid = MHA; methionine-sulphoxide = MSO) on rumen bacterial growth was studied using a new methodical approach which utilises a methionine free assay medium (Bacto Methionine Assay Media, Difco) supplemented by increasing quantities of the methionine sources and inoculated with one drop of diluted rumen bacteria. The optical density was measured after 18 h incubation on 39 degrees C. L- and DL-MET promoted the highest growth response, while SMM and NHM exerted significantly (p < 0.05) lower optical densities. MHA and MSO showed no growth response. The methodical approach and the possible bacterial strains, which might have contributed to the growth response have been discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Animal Science and Zoology