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Table 5 Effect of replacing soybean meal with dried distillers grains with solubles on the absolute abundance total bacteria, sulfur-reducing bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and methanogens (log10 copies of the target genes/g sample) in 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
Total bacteria 12.32 12.31 0.066 12.81a 12.31b 11.83c 0.073 0.76 < 0.01 0.44
Sulfur-reducing bacteria 8.50 8.62 0.138 8.24b 8.03b 9.42a 0.154 0.41 < 0.01 0.89
Fungi 9.61 9.55 0.104 11.52a 8.65b 8.56b 0.128 0.69 < 0.01 0.26
Protozoa 8.93 8.52 0.156 9.46a 9.16a 7.55b 0.183 0.04 < 0.01 0.93
Methanogen 10.01 10.03 0.058 10.41a 10.15b 9.50c 0.071 0.79 < 0.01 0.16
  1. a-cMeans with different superscripts within a row differ (P < 0.05)