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Table 1 Effect of replacing soybean meal with dried distillers grains with solubles on the alpha diversity measurements of ruminal microbiota (at 3% dissimilarity level) of different ruminal ecological niches of growing Hu lambs

From: Effects of dietary replacement of soybean meal with dried distillers grains with solubles on the microbiota occupying different ecological niches in the rumen of growing Hu lambs

Item Protein source (PS) Ruminal ecological niche (REN) P-value
SBM DDGS SEM Solid Liquid Epithelial SEM PS REN PS × REN
Coverage, % 99.3 99.3 0.03 99.3 99.3 99.3 0.03 0.36 0.14 0.43
Observed OTUs 650.6 667.3 27.50 711.5a 694.3a 571.1b 31.02 0.57 < 0.01 0.33
Chao 1 820.1 837.1 26.66 870.6a 861.0a 754.2b 31.80 0.63 0.02 0.48
Shannon index 4.39 4.39 0.089 4.73a 4.34b 4.11b 0.109 0.98 < 0.01 0.06
  1. a-bMeans with different superscripts within a row differ (P < 0.05)