Photo of Russ MuntiferingRussell B. Muntifering, Ph.D

Professor, Ruminant Nutrition

Department of Animal Sciences


201 Upchurch Hall,
Auburn University, AL 36849-5415
Tel: 334-844-1533,  Fax: 334-844-1519

B.S.: University of California at Davis (1973); Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology

M.S.: University of California at Davis (1975); Nutrition

Ph.D.: University of Arizona (1980); Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, minor in Physiology

Courses taught: BCHE 3200 (Principles of Biochemistry), Fall and Spring semesters

Sanz, J. H. Calvete-Sogo, I. González-Fernández, J. Lin, H. García-Gómez, R. Muntifering, R. Alonso and V. Bermejo-Bermejo. 2015. Foliar senescence is the most sensitive response to ozone in Bromus hordeaceus and is modulated by nitrogen input. Grass and Forage Science 69: (In Press).

Sanz, J., I. Gonzalez-Fernandez, H. Calvete-Sogo, J.C. Lin, R. Alonso, R. Muntifering and V. Bermejo. 2014. Ozone and nitrogen effects on yield and nutritive quality of the annual legume Trifolium cherleri. Atmospheric Environment 94: 765-772.

Mullenix, M.K., S.L. Dillard, J.C. Lin, B.E. Gamble and R.B. Muntifering. 2014. Evaluation of wheat and triticale for stocker production in the Gulf Coast region. Professional Animal Scientist. 30: 296-304.

Bungenstab, E.J., A.C. Pereira Jr., J.C. Lin, J.L. Holliman and R.B. Muntifering. 2013. Productivity and nutritive quality of dallisgrass (Paspalum dilatatum) as influenced by cutting height and rate of fertilization with poultry litter or commercial fertilizer. Agricultural Sciences 4: 455-465.

Wagner, E.L., J. Bland, R.B. Muntifering and C.A. McCall. 2013. Glucose and insulin responses to delayed rate of intake of concentrate meals by horses. Professional Animal Scientist 29:98-106.

Mullenix, M.K., E.J. Bungenstab, J.C. Lin, B.E. Gamble and R.B. Muntifering. 2012. Productivity, quality characteristics and beef cattle performance from cool-season annual forage mixtures. Professional Animal Scientist 28: 379-386.

Gilliland, N.J., A.H. Chappelka, R.B. Muntifering, F.L. Booker and S.S. Ditchkoff. 2012. Digestive utilization of ozone-exposed forage by rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Environmental Pollution 163: 281-286.

Dillard, S.L., L.E. Sturgeon, W.F. Owsley, C.W. Wood, J.L. Holliman and R.B. Muntifering. 2012. Productivity and nutritive quality of Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) as influenced by commercial fertilizer, broiler litter and interseeded white clover (Trifolium repens). Applied and Environmental Soil Science vol. 2012, Article ID 234103, 6 pp. (invited contribution to Special Issue of AESS).

Bungenstab, E.J., A.C. Pereira, J.C. Lin, J.L. Holliman and R.B. Muntifering. 2011. Productivity, utilization and nutritive quality of dallisgrass (Paspalum dilatatum) as influenced by stocking density under continuous or rotational grazing. Journal of Animal Science 89: 571-580.

Sanz, J., V. Bermejo, R. Muntifering, I. Gonzalez-Fernandez, B.S. Gimeno, S. Elvira and R. Alonso. 2011. Plant phenology, growth and nutritive quality of Briza maxima: Responses induced by enhanced ozone atmospheric levels and nitrogen enrichment. Environmental Pollution 159: 423-430. 

Högy, P., H. Weiser, K. Schwadorf, J. Breurer, J. Franzaring, R. Muntifering and A. Fangmeier. 2009. Effects of elevated CO2 on grain yield and quality of wheat: results from a three-year FACE experiment. Plant Biology 11: 60-69.

Ditchkoff, S.S., J.S. Lewis, J.C. Lin, R.B. Muntifering and A.H. Chappelka. 2009. Nutritive quality of highbush blackberry (Rubus argutus) exposed to tropospheric ozone. Rangeland Ecology and Management 62: 364-370.

Booker, F., R. Muntifering, K. Burkey, W. Manning, D. Grantz, M. McGrath, A. Chappelka and S. Krupa. 2009. The ozone component of global change: Effects on agricultural and horticultural plant yield, product quality and interactions with invasive species. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 51: 337-351 (invited contribution; received JIPB Best Expert Review Article Award for 2009).

González-Fernández, I., D. Bass, R. Muntifering, G. Mills and J. Barnes. 2008. Impacts of ozone pollution on productivity and forage quality of grass/clover swards. Atmospheric Environment 42: 8755-8769.

Lin, J.C., M. Nosal, R.B. Muntifering and S.V. Krupa. 2007. Alfalfa nutritive quality for ruminant livestock as influenced by ambient air quality in west-central Alberta. Environmental Pollution 149: 99–103.

Lewis, J., S. Ditchkoff, J. Lin, R. Muntifering and A.H. Chappelka. 2006. Nutritive quality of big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) and eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides) exposed to tropospheric ozone. Rangeland Ecol. Mgmt. 59: 267.

Muntifering, R.B., A.H. Chappelka, J.C. Lin, D.F. Karnosky and G.L. Somers. 2006. Chemical composition and digestibility of Trifolium exposed to elevated ozone and carbon dioxide in a free-air (FACE) fumigation system. Functional Ecol. 20: 269.

Bender, J., R. Muntifering, J. Lin and H. Weigel. 2006. Growth and nutritive quality of Poa pratensis as influenced by ozone and competition. Environ. Pollution 142: 109.

Sanz, J., R.B. Muntifering, V. Bermejo, B.S. Gimeno and S. Elvira. 2005. Ozone and increased nitrogen supply effects on the yield and nutritive quality of Trifolium subterraneum. Atmospheric Environment 39: 5899.

Hainze, M.T.M, R.B. Muntifering, C.W. Wood, C.A. McCall and B.H. Wood. 2003. Fecal phosphorus excretion from horses fed typical diets with and without added phytase. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 117:265.

Hainze, M.T.M., R.B. Muntifering and C.A. McCall. 2003. Fiber digestion in horses fed typical diets with and without exogenous fibrolytic enzymes. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 23:11.

Powell, M.C., R.B. Muntifering, J.C. Lin and A.H. Chappelka. 2003. Yield and quality of sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) and little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) exposed to ground-level ozone. Environ. Pollution. 122: 313.

Muntifering, R.B., D.D. Crosby, M.C. Powell and A.H. Chappelka. 2000. Yield and quality characteristics of bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) exposed to ground-level ozone. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 84: 243.

Kronberg, S.L., R.B. Muntifering and E.L. Ayers. 1993. Feed aversion learning in cattle with delayed negative consequences. J. Anim. Sci. 71: 1767.

Kronberg, S.L., R.B. Muntifering, E.L. Ayers and C.B. Marlow. 1993. Cattle avoidance of leafy spurge: A case of conditioned aversion. J. Range Mgmt. 46: 364.

Howard, M.D., R.B. Muntifering, M.M. Howard and M.G. Hayek. 1992. Effect of time and level of supplementation on intake and digestibility of low quality fescue hay by sheep. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 72:51.

Howard, M.D., R.B. Muntifering, N.W. Bradley, G.E. Mitchell, Jr. and S.R. Lowry.1992. Voluntary intake and ingestive behavior of steers grazing Johnstone or endophyte-infected Kentucky-31 tall fescue. J. Anim. Sci. 70:1227.

Loewer, O.J., K.L. Taul, L.W. Turner, N. Gay and R. Muntifering, 1987. GRAZE: A model of selective grazing by beef animals. Agric. Sys. 25:297.

Godfrey, L.D., K.V. Yeargan and R.B. Muntifering. 1987. Digestibility, protein content and nutrient yields of alfalfa stressed by selected early season insect pests and diseases. J. Econ. Entomol. 80:257.

Bunting, L.D., M.D. Howard, R.B. Muntifering, K.A. Dawson and J.A. Boling. 1987. Effect of feeding frequency on forage fiber and nitrogen utilization in sheep. J. Anim. Sci. 64:1170.

Wedekind, K.J., R.B. Muntifering, and K.B. Barker. 1986. Effects of diet concentrate level and sodium bicarbonate on site and extent of forage fiber digestion in the gastrointestinal tract of wethers. J. Anim. Sci. 62:1388.

Miller, B.G. and R.B. Muntifering. 1985. Effect of forage:concentrate on kinetics of forage fiber digestion in vivo. J. Dairy Sci. 67:40.

Muntifering, R.B., S.I. Smith and J.A. Boling. 1984. Effect of elemental sulphur supplementation on digestibility and metabolism of early vegetative and fall-accumulated regrowth fescue hay by wethers. J. Anim. Sci. 59:1100.