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Khota, Pholsen, Higgs, and Cai: Comparative analysis of silage fermentation and in vitro digestibility of tropical grass prepared with Acremonium and Tricoderma species producing cellulases



To find out ways of improving fermentation quality of silage, the comparative analysis of fermentation characteristics and in vitro digestibility of tropical grasses silage applied with cellulases produced from Acremonium or Tricoderma species were studied in Thailand.


Fresh and wilted Guinea grass and Napier grass silages were prepared with cellulases from Acremonium (AC) or Trichoderma (TC) at 0.0025%, 0.005%, and 0.01% on a fresh matter (FM), and their fermentation quality, chemical composition and in vitro digestibility were analyzed.


All silages of fresh Napier grass were good quality with lower pH, butyric acid, and ammonia nitrogen, but higher lactic acid content than wilted Napier grass and Guinea grass silage. Silages treated with AC 0.01% had the best result in terms of fermentation quality. They also had higher in vitro dry matter digestibility and in vitro organic matter digestibility at 6 and 48 h after incubation than other silages. Silages treated with lower levels at 0.005% or 0.0025% of AC and all levels of TC did not improve silage fermentation.


The AC could improve silage fermentation and in vitro degradation of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages, and the suitable addition ration is 0.01% (73.5 U) of FM for tropical silage preparation.


Purple Guinea grass (Panicum maximum cv. TD 58) and Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum ×Pennisetum americanum cv. Pak Chong 1) are widespread throughout tropical and subtropical areas. They adapt and grow well in a variety of soil types, are tolerant to different conditions and require quite low inputs for growth [13]. Both grasses are important roughage sources for ruminant feed because of high dry matter biomass production; ranged from 15 to 18 t/ha per year for Guinea grass [1] and 63 to 87 t/ha per year for Napier grass [3,4]. However, both grasses are seasonal with high dry matter yield over the short rainy season; thus, silage making is an increasingly important method to preserve fresh forages for feeding ruminants year-round [5]. It is well known to be difficult to make good quality silage with these species because they are usually low in water soluble carbohydrate (WSC) content, insufficient for rapid decrease of silage pH. They are also low in dry matter and high in fiber content which promotes the growth of clostridia and decreases nutrient utilization of ruminants [68].
Cellulase enzymes are popular biological products for improving the fermentation quality of silages. It is widely accepted that they can improve the fermentation process of both grasses and legumes and thus enhance cattle performance [68]. The two main reasons for cellulase enzyme addition in silage making are firstly, to enhance plant fiber degradation to increase the content of WSC as a lactic acid bacteria (LAB) substrate to produce lactic acid and enhance the fermentation process [911] and secondly, to break down the structural carbohydrate component thus improving silage digestibility [10,12,13]. Many microorganisms that produce various cellulolytic enzymes have been studied for several decades. The genus of Acremonium and Trichoderma has been especially famous for producing cellulolytic enzymes with relatively high enzymatic activity [14]. There is increasing interest in applying cellulase enzymes at ensiling due to reports that it can improve the fermentation quality of silage [15,16].
However, there is limited information available for comparative analysis of silage prepared with these cellulases produced from Acremonium and Trichoderma. The objectives of this study were to determine the fermentation quality and in vitro digestibility of tropical grass silage prepared with two cellulases at different concentration.


Forage sample and silage preparation

Purple Guinea grass (Panicum maximum cv. TD 58) and Napier (Pennisetum purpureum×Pennisetum americanum cv. Pak Chong 1) grass were grown in a Korat soil series (Oxic Paleustults) at the experimental farm, Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University, Thailand in May 2014. Before planting, the plot for Guinea grass was ploughed twice and harrowed once. Root stock of purple Guinea grass was planted by hand with a spacing of 75×75 cm in row and between rows in a 10× 30 m of the rectangular plot. The plot was fertilized with cattle manure at a rate of 24,000 kg/ha which 4 separate equal portions of 6,000 kg/ha split applied for 4 cuts [16,17]. For Napier grass, one week before planting, the plot was ploughed and fertilized with basal fertilizers of NPK (15–15–15) and cattle manure at 300 and 12,500 kg/ha, respectively. The 11,111 stem cuttings of Napier grass were planted by hand with a spacing of 120×75 cm in row and between rows in a total area of 1,600 m2. Two weeks after planting, the plot was weeded out and nitrogen fertilizer (urea) applied at a rate of 60 kg/ha [4]. On 20 April 2015, guinea grass was cut to adjust the height to 10 cm above ground level and Napier grass was cut close to the soil surface. After 60 d of regrowth, both grasses were harvested in early morning and immediately chopped using a forage chopper (Supachai, Kanchanaburi, Thailand) to 1 cm particle size. Half of each chopped grass sample was wilted for 6 h in the shade to study the effect of moisture adjustment. Both fresh or wilted forages were then treated as follows: control (untreated), Acremonium cellulase (AC, Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan): AC 0.0025%, AC 0.005%, AC 0.01%, Trichoderma cellulase (TC, Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd, Japan): TC 0.0025%, TC 0.005%, and TC 0.01%. The production strain, main composition and carboxymethyl-cellulase (CMCase) of AC were Acremonium cellulolyticus, glucanase and pectinase, and 7,350 U/g; for TC they were Tricoderma viride, xylanase and glucanase, and 2,720 U/g, respectively. Treatments were ensiled using a small scale fermentation system [18]. Both AC and TC cellulases were added as % of fresh matter (FM). The design of this experiment was a 2 (two grasses)×2 (fresh vs wilted)×2 (two enzymes)×3 (three application levels) factorial arrangement in a completely randomized design with triplicates for each treatment. The silage was prepared with a laboratory-scale fermentation method [16]. The mixed grass with additive (1,000 g) was packed into a synthetic silo laminated from nylon and polyethylene (Hiryu KN type, Asahikasei, Tokyo, Japan), and sealed by using a vacuum sealer (SQ–303, Asahi Kasei Pax Corp., Japan). All silos were stored at room temperature (25°C to 37°C). On 30 d of ensiling, silos were opened for evaluation of fermentation products, chemical composition, and in vitro digestibility.

Microorganism analysis

Microorganism numbers were analyzed using the plate count method as described by [19], and reported as colony-forming unit (cfu)/g of FM. Fresh or wilted forage samples (1,000 g) or silage samples (200 g) were sub-sampled for 10 g samples. Then, each sample (10 g) was homogenized with 90 mL sterilized distilled water, and serial dilutions in 0.85% sodium chloride solution at 10−1 to 10−5. Each dilution (20 μL) was dropped and spread on prepared agar plates. MRS agar (Difco Laboratories, Detroit, MI, USA) was used for the LAB count, which the agar plates were put into an anaerobic box (TE–HER Hard Anaerobox, ANX–1; Hirosawa Ltd., Tokyo, Japan), and incubation at 30°C for 48 h in an incubator. Blue light broth agar (Nissui-seiyaku Ltd., Tokyo, Japan) was used for coliform bacteria counts after incubating at 30°C for 48 h. Nutrient agar (Difco, USA) and potato dextrose agar (Nissui-seiyaku, Japan) were used for aerobic bacteria, yeast, and mold. Mold was counted after 2 d of incubation. Yeasts were distinguished from molds or bacteria by colony appearance and cell morphology observation.

Chemical composition

Cold water extraction of silage samples was used for fermentation end-product analysis following the method of Cai [20]. Ten grams of wet silage was soaked with 90 mL sterilized distilled water, and then, incubated at 4°C in a refrigerator overnight. Silage pH was measured immediately after incubating using a glass electrode pH meter (FiveGo; Mettler Toledo, Greifensee, Switzerland), and 10 mL of cold water extract was sampled and stored at −20°C for further analysis of organic acids and ammonia nitrogen concentrations. Organic acid content of silages was measured by HPLC methods [20]. Ammonia nitrogen concentration was analyzed using a spectrophotometer (UV/VIS Spectrometer, PG Instruments Ltd., London, UK) [21]. The lactate buffering capacity (LBC) of forages was analyzed by the titration method viz. 10 g of sample homogenized with distilled water, titrated with 0.1 M hydrochloric acid (HCl) to decrease pH from initial pH to 3, then titrated to pH 6 with 0.1 M sodium hydroxide (NaOH) [13]. The WSC content of forage was extracted and measured following the methods of [16].
Forage and silage samples on 30 d of ensiling were dried at 60°C for 48 h in a hot air oven, and ground through a 1 mm mesh screen. Dry matter (DM), organic matter (OM), crude protein (CP), and ether extract (EE) were analyzed following methods 934.01, 942.05, 976.05, and 920.39, respectively [22]. Neutral detergent fiber (NDF), acid detergent fiber (ADF), and acid detergent lignin (ADL) were analyzed using a fiber analyzer (ANKOM 200, ANKOM Technology, New York, USA), based on the method of [23].

Animal care

The animal experiment was approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee of Khon Kaen University (KKU), Khon Kaen, Thailand and performed at KKU in August 2015. The experiment was performed according to recommendations proposed by the European Commission [24] and to minimize the suffering of animals.

In vitro digestibility analysis

In vitro digestibility of DM (IVDMD) and OM (IVOMD) were measured after incubating samples in buffered rumen fluid at 6 and 48 h. The buffered rumen inoculum was prepared following the method of [25]. Rumen fluid was collected from two dairy steers by a stomach tube sucker before morning feeding. The pH of rumen fluid was 7.2. Ground silage samples (0.5 g) was put into serum bottles of 50 mL capacity (3 replications per sample). The bottles were closed by a rubber stopper with an aluminum seal cap. The buffered rumen inoculum (40 mL) was injected into each sample bottle using a 60 mL syringe (Nipro Thailand corporation, Ltd., Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand) with 18 gauge×3.5 cm needle (Nipro Corporation, Osaka, Japan), and flushed with carbon dioxide gas to produce an anaerobic condition. All samples were incubated in a water bath at 39°C, swirled by hand and the head space gas production released using a 21 gauge×3.5 cm needle (Nipro, Japan) at 2 h intervals. Two blanks of 40 mL of rumen inoculum per bottle were also incubated.
The animals were housed in individual pen equipped with mineral blocks (FNZ Red Lick, Thai Serve Co. Ltd., Buriram, Thailand; mineral composition: NaCl 930.00 g, Mg 2.00 g, Zn 0.77 g, Mn 0.50 g, Co 18.00 g, I 0.05 g, Se 0.01 g, Cu 0.22 g, another 2.50 g) and fresh water, and fed concentrate (16% CP, 11.0 MJ/kg of metabolizable energy, feed ingredient including: 10% palm kernel meal, 7% coconut meal, 6% rice bran, 70% cassava chip, 4% urea, 1% sulfur, 1% mineral premix, and 1% salt on a DM basis) at 0.5% of body weight and ad libitum rice straw daily. The diet was fed in two equal meals at 08:00 and 16:00 h.

Statistical analysis

Data on fermentation products, chemical composition, and in vitro digestibility of silages at 30 d after fermentation were analyzed using a completely randomized design with a 2×2× 2×3 (forages [A]×moisture adjustment [B]×enzymes [C]× application levels [D]) factorial treatment combinations. The analysis of variance procedure of SAS version 6.12 (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA) was used for the analysis and the statistical model is as follows:
Where Yijklm = observation; μ = overall mean, αi = forage effect (i = Guinea grass and Napier grass), βj = moisture adjustment effect (j = fresh and wilted), γk = enzyme effect (AC and TC), δl = application levels (0.0025%, 0.005%, and 0.01%), αβγδijkl = forages×moisture adjustment×enzymes×application levels, and ɛijklm = error. The significant difference among treatment means was tested by Duncan’s new multiple range test at p = 0.05 [26].


Microorganism population and chemical composition of forages

The microorganism counts of forages are shown in Table 1. Fresh Guinea grass and fresh Napier grass showed similar numbers of LAB (103 cfu/g of FM), aerobic bacteria (107 cfu/g of FM), and coliform bacteria (107 cfu/g of FM). The counts of yeasts and molds of both fresh grasses ranged from 104 to 105 and 102 to 103 cfu/g of FM, respectively. After wilting process, the counts of LAB, yeasts and molds of both grasses increased from 104 to 105, 105 to 106, and 104 cfu/g of FM, respectively, the counts of coliform bacteria and aerobic bacteria did not change by the wilting process.
The chemical composition and LBC of Guinea grass and Napier grass are shown in Table 2. The OM content was higher (p<0.01) and WSC content was lower (p<0.01) in Napier grasses than those in Guinea grasses. During the wilting process, the DM of Guinea grass and Napier grass significantly (p<0.01) increased by 7% and 8%, respectively, but the contents of ADL and LBC contents did not differ. Compared with fresh Guinea grass, the contents of CP and ADF were higher (p<0.01), but the NDF content was lower in wilting Guinea grass. Also, wilted Napier grass showed higher (p<0.01) CP content and lower EE content than fresh Napier grass.

Fermentation quality of silages

The DM, pH, and fermentation products of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d of ensiling are shown in Table 3. The interaction between A, B, C, and D influenced (p<0.01) the silage DM, pH, all organic acid contents, and ammonia nitrogen content. Guinea grass silage treated with AC 0.01% showed good quality with lower (p<0.01) pH and ammonia nitrogen, and higher (p<0.01) lactic acid content than other silages. Regarding the differences in production strain (A. cellulolyticus vs T. viride), main composition (glucanase and pectinase, vs xylanase and glucanase), and CMCase (7,350 vs 2,720 U/g) between AC and TC, the highest (p<0.01) pH and ammonia nitrogen content with lowest (p<0.01) lactic acid content were found in wilted Guinea grass silages treated with TC 0.05%. The AC treatments improved grass silage quality more than TC treatments. The addition level of AC at 0.01% improved fermentation quality more than 0.005% and 0.0025%.

Microorganism counts of silages

The microbiological analysis of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d of ensiling are shown in Table 4. The A, B, C, D and their interaction (A×B×C×D) were not significantly different (p<0.05) in LAB count, aerobic bacteria and yeasts. Coliform bacteria and molds were below the detectable level (102 cfu/g of FM) in all silages. The LAB population of all silages was dominant ranging from 107 to 108 cfu/g of FM. Aerobic bacteria were 103 to 104 cfu/g of FM and yeast were 102 to104 cfu/g of FM.

Chemical composition of silages

The chemical compositions of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d of ensiling are shown in Table 5. The significances of A×B×C×D (p<0.001) influenced all chemical compositions. The OM content of AC or TC treated Guinea grass silage were higher (p<0.01) than other silages. The wilted Napier grass silages treated with AC 0.01% showed higher (p<0.01) CP content and lower (p<0.01) NDF and ADF content than other silages. The highest (p<0.01) fiber contents were observed in TC treated fresh Guinea grass silages. When silages treated with AC, the CP, EE, and ADL contents were significantly (p< 0.01) higher and the NDF and ADF contents were significantly (p<0.01) lower than TC treatments; and the application levels of enzymes at 0.01% decreased fiber content more than 0.005% and 0.0025%.

In vitro digestibility of silages

The in vitro digestibility of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d of ensiling are shown in Table 6. Fresh Napier grass silages treated with AC 0.01% had higher (p<0.05) IVDMD than other treatments. Napier grass silages had higher (p<0.01) IVDMD and IVOMD than Guinea grass silages. The wilted grasses silages had higher (p<0.05) IVOMD than fresh grasses silages. When silages treated with AC, the IVDMD and IVOMD at 6 h after incubation were significantly higher (p<0.01) than those of TC treatments. The IVDMD and IVOMD of 0.01% cellulase treated silage at 6 and 48 h after incubation were greater (p<0.05) than those of 0.0025%. The significances of A×B×C×D (p<0.05) influenced IVDMD at 48 h after incubation in buffered rumen fluid, while IVDMD at 6 h after incubation and IVOMD at both 6 and 48 h after incubation did not.


Generally, the DM content of forages influences fermentation quality of the silage; and optimal DM content ranges from 30% to 40% for good quality silage making [13,27]. If dry matter content is less than 20%, the fermentation process would be dominated by clostridium, resulting in low quality silage production [28]. In this study, the DM content of fresh Guinea grass and Napier grass were lower than 18%, which was not ideal to preserve the forage. When both grasses were wilted for 6 h in the field, DM contents of Guinea grass and Napier grass were higher than 21%, much more suitable for ensiling. The decreasing of moisture during the wilting process under this experiment is negligible and less than those of the optimal DM content ranges. In addition, the wilted both grasses as shown Table 2 had a higher CP and lower ADF compared with that of fresh forage. However, we cannot fully explain the mechanism of these effects, this may be influenced by the climatic conditions such as low temperature and high humidity during the wilting process. Future study is necessary to study the effect of climatic condition on the chemical composition of forage during wilting process.
The CP, NDF, and ADF of Guinea grass and Napier grass used in this study were similar to our previous work which reported that Guinea grass and Napier grass harvested at 60 d of regrowth were lower in CP contents, but high in fiber [16]. The WSC in the ensiling material also plays an important role in silage fermentation and it is the main energy source for LAB growth to produce lactic acid [29,30]. Wilkinson [27] suggested that WSC needs to be greater than 10% of DM for good fermentation. However, the WSC contents of fresh forages in this present study were less than 2.7% of DM (Table 2). Although a lower WSC content was found in Guinea grass compared to Napier grass, it would be difficult to make good quality silage from both grasses [5].
At 30 d of fermentation, Guinea grass silages were poor quality. As shown in Tables 1, 2, both fresh and wilted Guinea grasses had low LAB counts and WSC content which were not sufficient to produce more lactic acid for good fermentation. Thus, the pH of Guinea grass silages did not decrease below 4.2, which cannot inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, especially clostridia [13]. As a result, a harmful fermentation could occur with clostridia using WSC, amino acid, and other organic acids to produce butyric acid and ammonia nitrogen.
Some protein of forages breaks down to simpler or non-protein nitrogen during wilting process, result in decreased true protein solubility [31]. Nevertheless, this is consistent with previous studies [32] that total protein content of intact asparagus spear and excised tip sections increased approximately 10% after 6 to 12 h of harvested. Also, our results indicated that wilted forages silages were lower (p<0.01) lactic acid content than fresh forage silages. Consistently, our previous study [16] evidenced a lower lactic acid concentration in silages prepared from wilted forages compared to fresh forages. The significantly higher DM in wilted forages silages may attribute to decrease LAB growth and activity during silage fermentation.
When grass silages treated with AC 0.01%, their fermentation quality were more improved compared to other treatments. Our findings are in agreement with [9,3335]. that the addition of cellulase enzyme resulted in a decrease of pH and increased lactic acid content in sorghum straw, oil palm frond and mixed hulless-barley straw with corn silages. This could be attributed to the cellulase enzyme degrading plant cellulose so increasing the WSC, an essential substrate for LAB growth and more lactic acid production. As a result, the pH of silages decrease rapidly inhibiting the growth of clostridia and preventing proteolysis in the silo [33,36]. Some studies [15,29,34,37] reported that addition of cellulase resulted in a decrease in fiber content of mixed silages of hulless-barley straw and corn, wheat straw, Leymus chinensis, and Napier grass silage. On the other hand, cellulase addition had no effect on NDF and ADF content of barley and vetch silage [38]. In the present study, the AC improved silage fermentation more than TC, and the AC 0.01% cellulase effectively increased CP content and reduced NDF and ADF contents of silages. Perhaps the type, composition and enzyme activity of cellulase may affect cellulose degradation and silage fermentation. Generally, cellulases catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose, which are mainly three types: endoglucanases, cellobiohydrolases and β-glucosidases, and it is used for any occurring mixture or complex of various such enzymes, that act serially or synergistically to decompose cellulosic material. Acremonium cellulolyticus-producing cellulases contain a strong glucanase and pectinase, and cellulase produced by Trichoderma viride contains mainly xylanase and glucanase. Therefore, Acremonium cellulolyticus-producing cellulase is said to be more potent than Trichoderma viride-producing cellulase. This indicated that AC is more effective for improvement of silage fermentation than TC, and its addition concentration is necessary to be 0.01% on a FM basis.
The digestibility of roughage also plays an important role in animal production [10,29]. The IVDMD and IVOMD depend on physical characteristics of forage, especially the fiber content, low NDF and ADF contents resulted in a rapid increase in digestibility of DM and OM [29,39]. In the present study, Napier grass silages had higher IVDMD and IVOMD when compared to Guinea grass. This could be attributed to the differences in chemical composition of Guinea grass and Napier grass. Guinea grass had higher fiber content than Napier grass as shown in Table 2. Furthermore, the cellulase enzyme addition, especially AC 0.01% treated silages had greater IVDMD and IVOMD values than other enzyme application levels in both 6 and 48 h of incubation (Table 6). This study is consistent with previous studies reported by [10,40] that the addition of an exogenous cellulase enzyme could increase IVDMD of forage crops, but inconsistent with [29] that cellulase addition did not increase the IVDMD of Leymus chinensis after 48 h of incubation. The greater effect of AC 0.01% treatment in the present study due to the composition of enzymes. The AC used in this study has both glucanase and pectinase; the synergistic effects of these enzymes probably increase silage digestibility. The CMCase activity is also higher in AC (7,350 U/g) than TC (2,720U/g).
These results confirmed that Napier grass has more suitable ensiling characteristics than Guinea grass, and the wilted silage can decrease the feed nutrient loss and improve the in vitro digestibility. The addition of AC 0.01% cellulase (73.5 U/g of FM) was effective in improving the silage fermentation and promoting the in vitro degradation of tropical grass.


Silage fermentation and in vitro digestibility of Guinea grass and Napier grass prepared with cellulase enzyme at different addition concentration were studied. The AC has the potential to improve the fermentation quality, chemical composition and in vitro degradation of Guinea grass and Napier grass, but the TC did not affect the tropical silage fermentation. The AC addition at 0.01% (73.5 U/g) of FM was the most promising for improving silage fermentation containing low WSC.



We certify that there is no conflict of interest with any financial organization regarding the material discussed in the manuscript.


This work was supported by the Project “The Establishment of the Sustainable and Independent Farm Household Economy in the Rural Areas of Indo-China”, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Japan. Acknowledgments are extended to Meiji Seika Pharma Company, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan for providing the commercial cellulase enzymes.

Table 1
Microorganism counts (cfu/g of FM) of Guinea grass and Napier grass before ensiling
Items Lactic acid bacteria Coliform bacteria Aerobic bacteria Yeast Mold
Guinea grass
 Fresh 1.8×103 1.5×107 2.6×107 2.9×104 1.3×103
 Wilted 1.2×104 4.2×107 2.4×107 1.5×105 1.6×104
Napier grass
 Fresh 2.5×103 8.1×107 1.1×107 1.5×105 2.5×102
 Wilted 3.5×105 6.2×107 2.0×107 2.0×106 2.9×104

cfu, colony-forming unit; FM, fresh matter.

Table 2
Chemical composition (% of DM) and lactate buffer capacity (LBC, mE/kg of DM) of Guinea grass and Napier grass before ensiling
Guinea grass
 Fresh 17.81c 90.16a 7.49c 1.65b 77.47a 48.26b 3.32 0.48b 760.81
 Wilted 24.78a 89.76a 8.21b 1.63b 76.24b 51.45a 2.76 0.39b 526.64
Napier grass
 Fresh 13.08d 87.23b 7.19c 2.07a 71.14c 42.81c 3.18 2.59a 722.48
 Wilted 21.86b 87.62b 8.70a 1.66b 70.82c 39.11d 2.92 2.46a 622.15
 SEM 1.020 0.154 0.119 0.091 0.237 0.452 3.32 0.058 75.167
 p-value 0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.022 <0.001 <0.001 0.411 <0.001 0.110

DM, dry matter; OM, organic matter; CP, crude protein; EE, ether extract; NDF, neutral detergent fiber; ADF, acid detergent fiber; ADL, acid detergent lignin; WSC, water soluble carbohydrate; SEM, standard error of the mean.

a–d Means within columns with different superscripts differ at p<0.05.

Table 3
Dry matter (%), pH and fermentation products (g/kg of DM) of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d after fermentation
Treatments DM pH Lactic acid Acetic acid Propionic acid Butyric acid Ammonia nitrogen
Fresh Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 18.43c 4.56bc 0.10h 4.42b 0.21b 3.09a 0.99efgh
 AC 0.005% 17.09cd 4.49c 0.52gh 3.92c 0.13c 3.28a 0.88fghi
 AC 0.01% 18.34c 3.55i 6.71ab 1.79ef 0.02efg 0.18defg 0.18j
 TC 0.0025% 17.09cd 4.59bc 0.00h 5.27a 0.32a 2.66b 1.49bcde
 TC 0.005% 18.18c 4.63bc 0.01h 4.71b 0.35a 2.23c 1.20cdef
 TC 0.01% 17.60c 4.60bc 0.00h 5.18a 0.21b 2.62b 1.63bcd
Wilted Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 23.84a 4.66bc 1.33efgh 1.15hi 0.03efg 0.18defg 1.78bc
 AC 0.005% 23.46a 4.49c 2.78def 1.74fg 0.03efg 0.42d 1.56bcde
 AC 0.01% 23.48a 4.25de 2.07efgh 0.88i 0.02efg 0.06efg 1.69bc
 TC 0.0025% 24.07a 4.90a 1.75efgh 2.31d 0.06d 0.24defg 2.08b
 TC 0.005% 23.29a 5.05a 0.47gh 1.29fghi 0.05de 0.42d 2.74a
 TC 0.01% 23.65a 4.91a 0.71fgh 1.18hi 0.04def 0.21defg 1.74bc
Fresh Napier
 AC 0.0025% 13.51ef 3.89gh 2.69defg 1.55fgh 0.02efg 0.01g 0.42ghij
 AC 0.005% 12.64f 3.78h 7.56a 1.35fghi 0.00g 0.03fg 0.32ij
 AC 0.01% 15.06de 3.87gh 5.52ab 1.21ghi 0.01fg 0.03fg 0.27j
 TC 0.0025% 18.08c 4.23de 4.73bcd 1.68fgh 0.01fg 0.04fg 0.76fghij
 TC 0.005% 14.18ef 4.08ef 5.51ab 1.47fgh 0.01fg 0.04fg 0.65fghij
 TC 0.01% 13.79ef 4.03fg 5.36bc 1.22ghi 0.00g 0.02g 0.40hij
Wilted Napier
 AC 0.0025% 23.46a 4.33d 0.76fgh 1.57fgh 0.01fg 0.01g 0.74fghij
 AC 0.005% 22.52ab 4.17def 4.85bcd 1.48fgh 0.01fg 0.01g 0.67fghij
 AC 0.01% 23.58a 4.09ef 5.07bc 1.42fgh 0.00g 0.01g 0.77fghij
 TC 0.0025% 22.08ab 4.68b 3.27cde 2.48d 0.02efg 0.35d 1.03efg
 TC 0.005% 23.61a 4.64bc 3.26cde 2.23de 0.01fg 0.08efg 1.04ef
 TC 0.01% 21.06b 4.68b 3.19cde 2.51d 0.00g 0.33def 1.07def
 SEM 0.826 0.062 0.781 0.188 0.012 0.105 0.210
Grasses means
 Guinea grass 20.71a 4.56a 1.37b 2.82a 0.12a 1.30a 1.50a
 Napier grass 18.63b 4.21b 4.31a 1.68b 0.01b 0.08b 0.68b
Moisture adjust
 Fresh 16.17b 4.19b 3.23a 2.82a 0.11a 1.19a 0.77b
 Wilted 23.18a 4.57a 2.46b 1.69b 0.02b 0.19b 1.41a
 AC 19.62 4.18b 3.33a 1.87b 0.04b 0.61b 0.86b
 TC 19.73 4.58a 2.35b 2.63a 0.09a 0.77a 1.32a
Application levels
 0.0025% 20.07 4.48a 1.83c 2.56a 0.09a 0.82a 1.16
 0.005% 19.37 4.42b 3.12b 2.27b 0.07b 0.81a 1.13
 0.01% 19.57 4.25c 3.58a 1.92c 0.04c 0.43b 0.97
Significance of main effect and interaction
 Grasses means (A) <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
 Moisture adjust (B) <0.001 <0.002 0.008 0.008 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
 Enzymes (C) 0.712 <0.003 0.001 0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
 Application levels (D) 0.141 <0.004 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.087
 A×B×C×D 0.001 <0.005 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.007

DM, dry matter; AC, Acremonium cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan); TC, Trichoderma cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Japan); SEM, standard error of the mean.

a–j Means within columns with different superscripts differ at p<0.05.

Values are means of three silage samples.

Table 4
Microbiological analysis of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d after fermentation
Treatments Microorganism (cfu/g of FM)

Lactic acid bacteria Coliform bacteria Aerobic bacteria Yeast Mold
Fresh Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 9.0×107 ND 1.4×104 ND ND
 AC 0.005% 3.9×108 ND 1.2×104 ND ND
 AC 0.01% 2.8×108 ND 1.5×104 ND ND
 TC 0.0025% 1.2×108 ND 3.5×103 1.9×102 ND
 TC 0.005% 7.9×107 ND 0.9×104 1.7×102 ND
 TC 0.01% 2.6×108 ND 1.9×104 2.3×102 ND
Wilted Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 2.4×108 ND 8.1×103 ND ND
 AC 0.005% 7×107 ND 1.6×104 ND ND
 AC 0.01% 1.5×108 ND 8.0×103 ND ND
 TC 0.0025% 1.2×108 ND 6.8×103 4.6×102 ND
 TC 0.005% 3.7×108 ND 1.8×104 5.6×102 ND
 TC 0.01% 1.7×108 ND 1.6×104 1.9×102 ND
Fresh Napier
 AC 0.0025% 3.0×107 ND 1.8×104 ND ND
 AC 0.005% 1.6×108 ND 3.4×104 7.2×102 ND
 AC 0.01% 1.5×108 ND 1.6×104 1.0×102 ND
 TC 0.0025% 4.7×107 ND 8.0×104 ND ND
 TC 0.005% 1.5×108 ND 1.0×104 1.4×102 ND
 TC 0.01% 1.6×108 ND 7.8×103 1.6×102 ND
Wilted Napier
 AC 0.0025% 8.1×107 ND 7.8×103 1.0×104 ND
 AC 0.005% 1.8×108 ND 2.1×104 1.0×103 ND
 AC 0.01% 1.4×108 ND 1.5×104 4.9×103 ND
 TC 0.0025% 7.6×108 ND 6.6×103 7.8×103 ND
 TC 0.005% 1.0×108 ND 4.7×103 5.1×103 ND
 TC 0.01% 7.3×108 ND 2.6×104 1.4×104 ND
SEM 1.331 ND 2.037 57.895 ND
Grasses means
 Guinea grass 1.9×108 ND 1.2×104 1.6×102 ND
 Napier grass 1.1×108 ND 2.1×104 4.8×103 ND
Moisture adjust
 Fresh 1.6×108 ND 1.9×104 1.3×102 ND
 Wilted 1.4×108 ND 1.3×104 3.7×103 ND
 AC 1.6×108 ND 1.5×104 1.4×103 ND
 TC 1.4×108 ND 1.7×104 3.6×103 ND
Application levels
 0.0025% 1.0×108 ND 1.8×104 2.3×103 ND
 0.005% 1.9×108 ND 1.6×104 2.7×103 ND
 0.01% 1.7×108 ND 1.5×104 2.5×103 ND
Significance of main effect and interaction
 Grasses means (A) 0.088 ND 0.239 0.250 ND
 Moisture adjust (B) 0.779 ND 0.341 0.243 ND
 Enzymes (C) 0.675 ND 0.790 0.294 ND
 Application levels (D) 0.271 ND 0.943 0.991 ND
 A×B×C×D 0.939 ND 0.660 0.878 ND

FM, fresh matter; ND, not detected; AC, Acremonium cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan); TC, Trichoderma cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Japan); SEM, standard error of the mean.

Values are means of 3 silage samples.

Table 5
Chemical compositions (% of DM) of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d after fermentation
Fresh Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 90.91a 6.64ef 2.85abcde 75.58ab 50.29cde 4.18bcdef
 AC 0.005% 90.54a 6.26fg 2.78abcde 74.82b 49.54de 4.57abcd
 AC 0.01% 90.83a 6.76de 2.36fg 71.04de 46.17f 3.91cdefgh
 TC 0.0025% 90.51a 5.84hij 2.72abcdefg 75.36ab 51.84ab 5.22a
 TC 0.005% 90.31a 6.26fg 2.64cdefg 75.12ab 50.97bc 4.34abcde
 TC 0.01% 90.60a 5.69ijk 2.68bcdefg 76.48a 52.67a 4.87ab
Wilted Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 89.18b 7.33bc 2.92abcd 70.69e 49.63de 2.64j
 AC 0.005% 89.16b 7.34bc 2.97abc 70.30e 49.12e 4.14bcdef
 AC 0.01% 89.26b 6.91de 3.08ab 68.46f 47.31f 4.67abc
 TC 0.0025% 89.05b 7.05cd 2.68bcdefg 72.22cd 50.56bcd 3.99bcdefg
 TC 0.005% 89.01b 7.64b 2.84abcde 72.52c 50.67bcd 3.54efghij
 TC 0.01% 89.28b 7.71b 3.09ab 72.42cd 51.42abc 2.92ij
Fresh Napier
 AC 0.0025% 86.05d 5.85hij 2.74abcdef 65.27ij 41.62h 3.69defghi
 AC 0.005% 87.22c 5.56jk 2.98abc 67.64fg 43.01g 4.31bcde
 AC 0.01% 86.77c 5.97ghi 3.02abc 66.57ghi 42.10gh 4.68abc
 TC 0.0025% 85.72d 6.14gh 2.75abcdef 67.10fgh 43.03g 2.83ij
 TC 0.005% 84.59e 5.55jk 2.32g 65.24ij 42.01gh 2.65j
 TC 0.01% 85.84d 5.34k 2.46efg 66.29ghi 43.17g 2.81ij
Wilted Napier
 AC 0.0025% 85.46d 7.67b 2.90abcd 64.49jk 38.82j 3.02hij
 AC 0.005% 85.39d 7.71b 2.69bcdefg 63.34kl 37.97jk 3.37fghij
 AC 0.01% 85.89d 8.25a 2.89abcd 62.79l 36.89k 3.28fghij
 TC 0.0025% 85.98d 7.59b 2.71abcdefg 64.32jk 40.05i 2.85ij
 TC 0.005% 85.50d 7.51b 3.12a 66.42ghi 40.26i 3.04hij
 TC 0.01% 85.50d 7.64b 2.53defg 66.09hi 40.28i 3.17ghij
SEM 0.265 0.148 0.141 0.551 0.489 0.322
Grasses means
 Guinea grass 89.89a 6.79 2.80 72.92a 50.02a 4.08a
 Napier grass 85.83b 6.73 2.76 65.46b 40.77b 3.31b
Moisture adjust
 Fresh 88.32a 5.99b 2.69b 70.54a 46.37a 4.00a
 Wilted 87.39b 7.53a 2.87a 67.84b 44.41b 3.39b
 AC 88.06a 6.85a 2.85a 68.42b 44.37b 3.87a
 TC 87.66b 6.66b 2.71b 69.97a 46.41a 3.52b
Application levels
 0.0025% 87.86a 6.77 2.78 69.38a 45.73a 3.55
 0.005% 87.72b 6.73 2.79 69.43a 45.44a 3.74
 0.01% 87.99a 6.78 2.76 68.77b 45.00b 3.79
Significance of main effect and interaction
 Grasses means (A) <0.001 0.306 0.396 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
 Moisture adjust (B) <0.001 <.001 0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
 Enzymes (C) <0.001 0.001 0.009 <0.001 <0.001 0.003
 Application levels (D) 0.059 0.666 0.881 0.013 0.005 0.207
 A×B×C×D <0.001 <0.001 0.002 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001

DM, dry matter; OM, organic matter; CP, crude protein; EE, ether extract; NDF, neutral detergent fiber; ADF, acid detergent fiber; ADL, acid detergent lignin; AC, Acremonium cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan); TC, Trichoderma cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Japan); SEM, standard error of the mean.

a–l Means within columns with different superscripts differ at p<0.05.

Values are means of three silage samples.

Table 6
In vitro dry matter digestibility (IVDMD, % of DM) and in vitro organic matter digestibility (IVOMD, % of DM) at 6 and 48h of incubation of Guinea grass and Napier grass silages at 30 d after fermentation
Treatments IVDMD IVOMD

6 h 48 h 6 h 48 h
Fresh Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 30.02abcdef 55.62fghij 36.98bcd 64.85ef
 AC 0.005% 30.46abcdef 54.85ghij 36.01cd 64.38ef
 AC 0.01% 32.21abcd 60.76cdefgh 42.65abc 67.17cdef
 TC 0.0025% 26.69cdef 54.05ij 36.29cd 64.09ef
 TC 0.005% 25.16ef 54.43hij 35.81cd 64.54ef
 TC 0.01% 26.36def 52.19j 36.06cd 61.68f
Wilted Guinea
 AC 0.0025% 27.99bcdef 59.48defghi 38.17bcd 68.73bcde
 AC 0.005% 31.14abcdef 57.38efghij 40.96abcd 66.62def
 AC 0.01% 34.59ab 59.44defghi 44.23ab 71.89abcd
 TC 0.0025% 24.83f 57.12efghij 34.91d 66.21def
 TC 0.005% 32.68abcd 58.51defghi 39.29bcd 68.12bcde
 TC 0.01% 29.52abcdef 59.23defghi 38.83bcd 68.23bcde
Fresh Napier
 AC 0.0025% 29.12abcdef 57.35efghij 38.57bcd 67.31cdef
 AC 0.005% 33.22abcd 66.26abc 42.98abc 73.32abc
 AC 0.01% 35.60a 69.68a 41.33abcd 75.77a
 TC 0.0025% 33.87ab 68.12ab 41.14abcd 73.74ab
 TC 0.005% 30.19abcdef 61.45cdef 38.92bcd 72.08abcd
 TC 0.01% 31.96abcde 62.42bcde 40.61abcd 73.35abc
Wilted Napier
 AC 0.0025% 32.47abcd 62.34bcde 42.58abc 71.56abcd
 AC 0.005% 33.53abc 64.55abcd 41.62abcd 73.84ab
 AC 0.01% 35.02ab 66.69abc 47.15a 76.07a
 TC 0.0025% 31.77abcdef 63.98abcd 40.71abcd 73.38abc
 TC 0.005% 34.15ab 61.13cdefg 42.76abc 71.10abcd
 TC 0.01% 32.94abcd 64.84abcd 41.65abcd 74.19ab
SEM 2.392 2.184 2.499 2.165
Grasses means
 Guinea grass 29.31b 38.35b 56.92b 66.38b
 Napier grass 32.82a 41.67a 64.07a 72.97a
Moisture adjust
 Fresh 30.41 59.76 38.95b 68.52b
 Wilted 31.72 61.22 41.07a 70.83a
 AC 32.11a 61.20 41.10a 70.12
 TC 30.01b 59.79 38.92b 69.23
Application levels
 0.0025% 29.60b 59.76b 38.67b 68.73b
 0.005% 31.32ab 59.82b 39.79ab 69.25ab
 0.01% 32.27a 61.90a 41.56a 71.04a
Significance of main effect and interaction
 Grasses means (A) <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
 Moisture adjust (B) 0.127 0.065 0.020 0.004
 Enzymes (C) 0.016 0.074 0.017 0.246
 Application levels (D) 0.040 0.044 0.034 0.044
 A×B×C×D 0.445 <0.001 0.787 0.264

AC, Acremonium cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan); TC, Trichoderma cellulase (Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., Japan); SEM, standard error of the mean.

a–h Means within columns with different superscripts differ at p<0.05.

Values are means of three silage samples.


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