Minerals in Animal and Human Nutrition

Edited by

  • L. R. McDowell, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

This comprehensive textbook and reference manual presents concise, up-to-date information on mineral nutrition for livestock and poultry, as well as comparative aspects with laboratory animals and humans. Chapters are organized by established and most common minerals, and present information on each mineral's history, properties, distribution, and natural sources, as well as their requirements, metabolism, functions, deficiencies, supplementation methods, and toxicity for various animals. Those minerals for which naturally occurring deficiencies or excesses are known to be of economic importance are emphasized.

A unique feature of this book is the description of the practical implications of mineral deficiencies and excesses, and of the conditions that might result. A large number of classic photographs illustrate mineral deficiencies and toxicities in farm livestock, laboratory animals and humans. Furthermore, it places strong emphasis on mineral supplementation in each chapter, and devotes an entire chapter to this subject.
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Book information

  • Published: July 2003
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51367-0


...Minerals in Animal and Human Nutrition is a comprehensive and well-written textbook suitable for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses. It is also a well-organized all-around round reference for nutritionists in academia and industry who graduate minerals course seems a distant memory. ....the strength of the book is breadth sufficient for professionals needing a comprehensive reference source, combined with depth appropriate to graduate coursework. The author has succeeded in including enough unusual and even entertaining material to hold the interest of students while including enough well-organized reference material to ensure that the book will not gather dust on the shelf.
Poultry Science, 2004

...The book can be used as a textbook and as a reference book for researchers and extension specialists in animal nutrition and veterinary sciences, and for feed manufactures, teachers and students in animal and veterinary sciences.
G. Flachowsky, Animal Feed Science and Technology, 2004

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Calcium and phosphorus. 3. Sodium and chlorine (common salt). 4. Potassium. 5. Magnesium. 6. Sulfur. 7. Iron. 8. Copper and molybdenum. 9. Cobalt. 10. Iodine. 11. Manganese. 12. Zinc. 13. Selenium. 14. Fluorine. 15. Aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. 16. Chromium, newly discovered and other trace elements. 17. Natural sources of minerals. 18. Maximum tolerance levels. 19. Mineral supplementation. References. Appendix. Index.