Nutritive value of paulownia (Paulownia SPP.) hybrid tree leaves
Paulownia is a very adaptable, fast growing and multi-purpose agroforestry tree species. Paulownia and its hybrids become much more interesting globally in the last few decades, because of many uses including timber (for construction, doors, furniture, kitchens, boats etc.), intercropping (with wheat, maize, grass or other crops), CO2 and dust absorption etc. Additionally, Paulownia leaves are used for animal feed in some countries of the World, as well. According to that, this paper is dealing with the evaluation of nutritive value of Paulownia hybrid tree leaves. For determining the nutritive value of Paulownia containing dry matter (DM) 286.4 g/kg forage, crude protein 177.5 g/kg DM; neutral detergent fibre (NDF) 415.2 g/kg DM; acid detergent fibre (ADF) 372.6 g/kg DM; acid detergent lignin (ADL) 94.7 g/kg DM. In terms of the crude protein contents, this trial reported that the leaves of investigated Paulownia spp. hybrid could be used as forage for the ruminant nutrition.