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Micro-organisms, such as bacteria, are able to digest cellulose.

No mammals are able to digest cellulose. This is because cellulose contains a β(1,4) linkage that no mammalian enzyme can break. This is why herbivores must have symbiotic bacteria somewhere in their digestive system that help them break down cellulose.

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Which organisms can digest cellulose and how they are able to do this?

Termites are an example of organisms that digest cellulose. Termites digest cellulose due to the cellulolytic bacteria present in the gut of the termite.


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Is salivary amylase able to digest cellulose?

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What micro-organisms digest cellulose in this modified part of the stomach?

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Why are ruminants able to digest cellulose?

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Why are ruminant able to digest cellulose?

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What has a specialized digestive track to digest plant cellulose?

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Why are you able to digest cellulose?

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Can a rat digest cellulose?

Technically no. All animals with a vertebrate cannot digest cellulose on their own. However, animals such as cows and rats do get the nutrients from bacteria. Unlike in humans, rats have an enlarged caecum, which is where the fermentation of cellulose occurs. Microorganisms like bacteria live in the caecum and they are able to digest the cellulose. The bacteria in turn, is digested by the rat and that is how it attains the cellulose.

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