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Animal Nutrient Requirements

  1. Ian D Hume

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001832



How to Cite

Hume, I. D. 2001. Animal Nutrient Requirements. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Sydney, School of Biological Sciences, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Animals eat to satisfy their need for energy for cellular respiration; carbon skeletons and other elements such as nitrogen for the synthesis of larger organic molecules; and essential nutrients that the animal cannot synthesize from any raw material. The nutrients that animals need include water, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.


  • oxidation;
  • ATP;
  • protein quality;
  • unsaturated fatty acids