Spring at Mianus River Park
Delaware drops the wetlands ball….again.
Nutritional Value of Spartina Grasses?
Over the weekend, I took a walk alongside a salt marsh, which had a placard with some information about the marsh and local history.
Skimming through the text, it stated that the Spartina grasses are 5-10 more times more nutritious than corn, which piqued my curiosity, I hand never heard of this claim before. I searched the internet, but wasn't able to find supporting information. The closest information I could find was from here, which states:
Immature plants of saltmeadow cordgrass provide moderate amounts of digestible protein for livestock (6.9 to 7.3 percent), but as plants mature, protein decreases, and the calcium/phosphorus ratio is high, reducing phosphorus metabolism.
It makes no mention of such a high nutritional content. Is this true? or isn't it? I have my suspicions that it likely isn't, but you never know. Anyone?
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