Cannas, Antonello and Mereu, Alessandro and Decandia, Mauro and Molle, Giovanni (2009) Role of sensorial perceptions in feed selection and intake by domestic herbivores. Italian Journal of Animal Science, Vol. 8 (Suppl. 2), p. 243-251. eISSN 1828-051X. Article.
Sensorial perceptions play an important role in feed selection and intake by herbivores. Much research has been carried out to study the sensorial perceptions evoked by forages and their effects on intake and feed selection. Certain specific compounds are clearly able to evoke positive or negative sensorial perceptions when forages are eaten. This might lead to the development of plant extracts and aromas that might be used to improve the intake of unpalatable feeds. In the case of concentrates, the little research available seems to support an important role of the interaction between sensorial perceptions and post-ingestive effects when simple unmixed concentrates are supplied. It is not clear to what extent these effects are important when compound concentrates are offered. Despite these advances, it appears that most of the research carried out so far has been exploratory and observational. More research is needed to better understand the mechanisms underlying feed palatability before it can be included in intake prediction models.
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