Animal Nutrient Requirements


Animals eat to satisfy their need for energy for cellular respiration; carbon skeletons and other elements such as nitrogen for the synthesis of larger organic molecules; and essential nutrients that the animal cannot synthesize from any raw material. The nutrients that animals need include water, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Keywords: oxidation; ATP; protein quality; unsaturated fatty acids

Further Reading

Hume ID (1999) Marsupial Nutrition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McDonald P, Edwards RA, Greenhalgh JFD and Morgan CA (1995) Animal Nutrition, 5th edn. Burnt Mill, Essex: Longman.

Robbins CT (1993) Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition, 2nd edn. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Stevens CE and Hume ID (1995) Comparative Physiology of the Vertebrate Digestive System, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Hume, Ian D(Apr 2001) Animal Nutrient Requirements. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001832]