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A NOTE ON THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF FOLIAGE FROM TWO VARIETIES OF CLITORIA TERNATEA L.  [2001]

López, J.L., Centro de Investigaciones en Bioalimentos Carretera Patria km 1½ Morón, CP 67210, Ciego de Avila, Cuba Mederos, C.M., Instituto de Investigaciones Porcinas. Gaveta Postal No. 1, Punta Brava. La Habana, Cuba Carmenate, R. R., Centro de Investigaciones en Bioalimentos Carretera Patria km 1½ Morón, CP 67210, Ciego de Avila, Cuba

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A study was conducted on the chemical composition and gross energy content in the foliage from the varieties SN-139 and Tehuana of Clitoria ternatea L. The organic matter concentration (92.0; 91.1%) and crude protein content (20.1; 18.7%) were significantly (P0.01) higher in the local Cuban variety SN-139 as compared to Tehuana, while there were not significant differences between both cultivar for neutral detergent fibre (62.8; 59.5%) and gross energy (17.5; 17.13 KJ/g DM). With regard to the macroelement content, K, Mg, Ca and Na concentrations were significantly higher in Tehuana (P0.05; P0.01; P0.001 and P0.05, respectively) than in SN-139 variety. There were no significant differences for P concentration between both cultivars. Both varieties of Clitoria ternatea L. have an acceptable nutrient composition, in correspondence to the Leguminosae family, and they can be considered as promissory for the feeding of pigs.

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Revista Computadorizada de Producción Porcina (Cuba)

ISSN : 1026-9053

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