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What is "cellulase"?

botrytis botrytis at mindspring.com
Mon Jun 12 18:30:34 EST 2000

In article <39454df0.338644647 at news.mindspring.com>, dh_ld at yahoo.com 
> I was of the impression that all animals need a 
> bacteria in their system to be able to obtain any
> nutrition from cellulose. A person in another ng
> told me that is not true, that ruminants can and
> do create their own enzyme called "cellulase"
> which they use for that purpose, and that they 
> do not need any bacteria to help them at all. 
> Can anyone tell me what the truth is, and where 
> to learn more about it?
> Though I do respect ARAs and ethical veg*ns for doing
> what they think is best, I do not believe either 
> approach is a good solution to problems with  animal 
> welfare issues.
Actually, ruminants have bacteria in their systems that do create the 
cellulase enzymes (enzymes needed to degrade cellulose).

David Slomczynski

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