1. The only diastases present in the rumen seem to be those secreted
by ruminal bacteria, which would then be responsible for the entire starch
disintegration seen there.
2. In the rumen of sheep receiving a regular supply of starch in the
diet, the bacterial disintegration of starch granules commenced after 5
hours and was completed within 18-20 hours. In the case of sheep not
receiving starch in the diet, disintegration of the starch administered
through the fistula commenced after 7 hours and took 8-10 hours to
3. Starch granules of the various cereals differ in size and shape.
The diameter of starch granules influences their rate of disintegration
within the rumen.
4. Some of the products of starch degradation are resynthesized into
glycogen and starch-like polysaccharines within certain ruminal bacteria
5. The iodophilic micro-organisms encountered in the rumen and
associated with the disintegration and digestion of starch, are described.
6. An iodophilic streptococcus closely associated with the disintegration
of starch was isolated in pure culture and some of its characteristics
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