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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences
The scientific balancing of diets has resulted in a series of studies to determine a standard for amino acid adequacy of a chick ration. These studies have shown that some amino acids are required in a chick diet more than others; they are termed "essential amino acids". Proteins used in formulating rations vary widely in essential amino acid content. Because of this variation, it can no longer be said that a diet with so much protein (N x 6.25) is adequate to meet the chick's need for optimum performance. Many papers have been published showing the results of experiments for determining the minimum levels of amino acids required in a chick's ration.
Dobson, Donald Christensen, "Essential Amino Acid Composition of a Balanced Chick Diet" (1961). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1631.
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