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BIO 111, Week 5 Notes

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A detailed recap of everything in class 2/11/16 plus a summary to help you study for exam no. 2.
Dr. Athena Anderson
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nutrition, minerals, health
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Date Created: 02/11/16
2/11/16:Animal Nutrition    What is Nutrition?  ● Animals are heterotrophs; they have to eat and balance consumption, storage, and use of food.  ● Nutrition: The process by which organisms take in and use food material.  Adequate diet must supply 3 nutritional needs:   1. Chemical energy for cellular processes.  2. Organic building blocks for macromolecules.  3. Essential nutrients.    Essential Nutrients  Materials animals cannot make themselves from smaller molecules; must be consumed.  1. Fatty acids  2. Amino acids  3. Vitamins  4. Minerals  5. Carbohydrates  6. Water  Needs for particular nutrients vary among species.  Ex: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is essential for humans and guinea pigs, but not for many other animals.     ● Essential​atty acid (from lipids) are converted to:    ○ Membrane phospholipids  ○ Signaling molecules  ○ Storage fats  ● Can be synthesized by plants, but not animals.   ● Plant material in animal diets usually contains plenty of these; therefore, deficiency is rare.    ● Essential​mino acids is used to synthesize proteins.  ○ Most animals can make about 10 of the necessary 20, if their diet contains enough  sulphur and organic nitrogen.  ○ Most animals need 8 amino acids in their diet (human infants also need histidine).  Essential amino acids used to synthesize proteins:   1. Phenylalanine: Used to make epinephrine, thyroid hormones.  2. Valine: Repair damaged tissues.  3. Threonine: Involved in metabolism.  4. Tryptophan: Maintains serotonin levels.  5. Methionine: Antioxidant.  6. Leucine: Involved in production of growth hormone.  7. Isoleucine: Assists in recovering from strenuous activity.  8. Lysine: Maintains general health, immunity in pets.    ● Protein in animal products (meat, eggs, cheese) are ‘complete,’ providing all essential amino  acids in their proper proportions.   ● Most plant protein is ‘incomplete;’ deficient in one or more amino acids.     Vitamins​: Organic molecules required in very small amounts.  ● Vitamin A: fat soluble, maintains retina and bones.  ● Vitamin D: fat soluble, energy, helps absorb calcium  ● Vitamin E: fat soluble, immune and brain function.  ● Vitamin K: fat soluble, antioxidant, blood clotting.  ● Vitamin C: water soluble, immunity, forms collagen.  ● Vitamin B: water soluble, protects nerves, resist stress effects    Minerals​: Inorganic nutrients usually required in small amounts.  The difference b/w minerals and vitamins are non organic vs. organic.  ● Iron: Essential for hemoglobin (carries O2 in blood).  ● Sodium: Maintains osmotic balance.  ● Potassium: Helps nerves transmit messages.  ● Chloride: Muscle function.  ● Sulfur: Make amino acids.  ● Calcium: Bones, teeth.  ● Iodine: Thyroid hormones.  ● Phosphorus: Bones    Dietary Issues  Malnutrition: Inadequate or inappropriate level of nutrition.   Undernutrition and undernutrition are types of malnutrition.   1. Undernutrition: Diet lacks one or more essential nutrients, which negatively impacts health and  survival.   2. Overnutrition  Many wild animals seek sources of nutrients in which their diets are deficient.   Mineral licks: Sources of essential minerals from which animals supplement their diets.  Ex: Horses salt blocks in their stalls.   Ex: African elephants near Mt. Elgon travel into cave @ nighttime to get salts.  Ex: Macaws in Peru eat clay to neutralize toxins in their food.   Ex: Alpine ibex in Italy lick salts from the dam ­­ “really good climbers.” .     Dietary Issues in Zoos  Zoo animals ­­ nutrition could mean the difference b/w extinction and survival of species.  ● Black rhinoceros, koalas, elephants, whales.  ● In many cases, captive animals rarely breed or don’t breed successfully → their nutritional  requirements? What does it need to eat to get it to breed so that the species can be saved?  ● It is difficult to determine nutritional requirements; data from wild members of species needs to  be known so that zoo animals can replicate those diets and therefore breed.  ● Obtaining nutritional data on wild animal diets is challenging.    ○ Large differences in diet b/w related species; large lemurs eat mostly plants, but small  lemurs eat mostly insects.  ○ A large number of different foods consumed; okapi eat leaves from over 100 plant  species. What species are they eating and what minerals are they obtaining from it?  ○ Formulas for mammal babies are complicated → different species have different  needs/nutrients.    Specific nutrient deficiencies:  ● Vitamin E: Linked to infertility in rhinoceros, skin sores on deer, heart problems in elephants and  pigs, muscle degeneration in marine mammals.   ● Vitamin B: Nervous system disorders in marine mammals.  ● Protein: Felids are hypercarnivores, need high proportion of animal flesh in their diet, especially  amino acid taurine.  ● Fat: Different species have different percentages of fat in milk; 60% in seals, 0% in rhinoceros.     Even if nutritional needs are known, there is no guarantee if the animal will eat food/supplements  provided.   ● Most species evolved eating a variety of foods.  ● Most evolved having to look for or hunt foods.  ● Commercially ­­ available food pellets provide little stimulation and often not enough nutrition.  ● Zoo nutrition is improving, and animal health with it.    Dietary Issues  Overnutrition: Too much nutrients in diet; also detrimental to health and survival.  ● Unheard of in wild animals, but now a thing in zoos b/c animals are bored and eat more.   ● Zoos must regulate food quantities to avoid obesity.      ● Obesity is an epidemic in cats and dogs in the US and UK. Causes the same problems as obesity  in people.  ○ Due to overfeeding of commercial pet food.  ○ From feeding human food.    Nutritional Requirements  Pet birds  ● Species­specific  ● Depends on wild diet: fruit nuts, nectar, etc.   ● Notable deficiencies   ○ Vitamin A: Decreased immunity, hyperkeratosis  ○ Iodine: Goiter  ○ Calcium: Phosphorus imbalance → bone deformation.    Summary: Animals need many nutrients from their diet to live healthily and without issues. Among them  are: carbohydrates, minerals, fatty acids, vitamins, and protein. Without the essential nutrients many  issues can occur including: bone deformation, horse hoof cracking and therefore infection. Malnutrition  and overnutrition are legitimate problems in animals, both causing serious issues.   


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