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Indigestible carbohydrates alter the intestinal microbiota but do not influence the performance of broiler chickens

Geier, M.S.; Torok, Valeria; Allison, Gwen; Ophel-Keller, K; Hughes, R.J.


Aims: Prebiotics are a potential alternative to in-feed antimicrobials to improve performance of chickens. We investigated the effects of mannanoligosaccharide (MOS) and fructooligosaccharide (FOS) on growth, performance and the intestinal microbiota. Methods and Results: Cobb 500 birds were fed either: Control, starter diet without antimicrobials; ZnB, Control + 50 ppm zinc bacitracin; MOS, Control + 5 g kg-1 MOS; or FOS, Control + 5 g kg-1 FOS. An energy metabolism study was conducted and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Applied Microbiology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2008.04116.x


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