Tropical Grasslands (1995) Volume 29, 111114
The effects of different light levels on the nutritive quality of four natural tropical grasses
Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Matara Sri Lanka
Axonopus compressus, Imperata cylindrica, Cynodon dactylon and Pennisetum polystachyon were tested at 3 light levels (100%, 64%, and 28% of full sunlight) in field plots in a randomised complete block design with 3 replicates. In vitro dry matter digestibility (lVDMD), acid detergent fibre (ADF), neutral detergent fibre (NDF), acid detergent lignin (AM), hemicellulose and cellulose percentages were measured on whole tops cut on 3 occasions over 6 months.