Influence of buffer pH and raw corn starch addition on in vitro fiber digestion kinetics.

Journal of dairy science

PubMedID: 1331215

Grant RJ, Mertens DR. Influence of buffer pH and raw corn starch addition on in vitro fiber digestion kinetics. J Dairy Sci. 1992;75(10):2762-8.
The impact was studied of buffer pH (5.8, 6.2, and 6.8) on in vitro digestion kinetics of NDF from alfalfa hay, bromegrass hay, corn silage, and alfalfa and bromegrass hays with raw corn starch added to approximate a ration containing 30% NDF. Ash-free NDF was determined at 0, 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 72, and 96 h of fermentation. Kinetic parameters were estimated by nonlinear regression using an iteratively reweighted least squares technique. Addition of raw corn starch decreased fiber digestion rate for alfalfa hay and lag for bromegrass hay. Both rate and lag of NDF digestion of all substrates were affected negatively below pH 6.2. Predicted ruminal NDF digestibilities (as percentage of that at pH 6.8 treatment) declined below pH 6.2 for all forages; addition of starch decreased predicted ruminal NDF digestibility by 23% for both alfalfa and bromegrass hays, even at pH 6.8. Results suggest that low pH decreases fiber digestion rate and increases lag and that starch accentuates this effect for some substrates.