Phytobiotics are usually tested in feed and throughout the production cycle. However, it could be beneficial to evaluate their effects when administered only during critical moments, such as changes in feeding phases. The aim of the trial was to investigate the effect of a commercial plant extract (PE; IQV-10-P01, InQpharm Animal Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on growth performance, blood antiradical activity and cecal microbiome when administered in drinking water to broiler chickens during the post-hatching phase and at each change of diet. In the experiment, 480 1-day-old male broiler chicks were assigned to two groups in a 50-day trial. Broilers received drinking water (C) or drinking water plus PE (T) at a rate of 2 mL/L on days 0 to 4, 10–11 and 20– 21. PE did not affect performance and water intake, while total antiradical activity was improved (p < 0.05). A greater abundance of lactic acid bacteria (false discovery rate (FDR) < 0.05) was found in the T group and the result was confirmed at a lower taxonomic level with higher Lactobacillaceae abundance (FDR < 0.05). Our findings suggest that PE administration during critical moments of the production cycle of broiler chickens may exert beneficial effects at a systemic level and on gut microbial ecology.
Green tea and pomegranate extract administered during critical moments of the production cycle improves blood antiradical activity and alters cecal microbial ecology of broiler chickens / V. Perricone, M. Comi, C. Giromini, R. Rebucci, A. Agazzi, G. Savoini, V. Bontempo. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - 10:5(2020 Apr 30), pp. 785.1-785.13.
|Titolo:||Green tea and pomegranate extract administered during critical moments of the production cycle improves blood antiradical activity and alters cecal microbial ecology of broiler chickens|
BONTEMPO, VALENTINO (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Antiradical activity; Broiler chickens; Cecal microbiota; Drinking water; Green tea; Phytobiotics; Pomegranate|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/18 - Nutrizione e Alimentazione Animale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||30-apr-2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ani10050785|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|