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The potential of probiotics as in-feed growth enhancers for swine

Wealleans, A. and Litten-Brown, J. C. (2010) The potential of probiotics as in-feed growth enhancers for swine. Food Science and Technology Bulletin: Functional Foods, 7 (5). pp. 65-75. ISSN 1476-2137

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Abstract/Summary

Probiotics have enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent years, with many novel applications being proposed. One of the foremost for the agricultural industry is their potential for livestock growth promotion, a subject of special interest since the 2006 EU-wide ban on sub therapeutic levels of in-feed antibiotic growth enhancers. Probiotics work through a number of differing mechanisms, most of which are not, as yet, fully understood. The probiotics interact with the host’s natural gut flora in a complex and varying array of mechanisms, but ultimately work to improve nutrient digestibility and gut health and to suppress the actions of pathogenic bacteria. In conclusion, probiotics can be a useful replacement for in-feed antibiotic growth enhancers. However, care should be taken due to the variability of the size of the effect and the inconsistency of the results in the published literature.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Food Production and Quality Division > Animal Science Research Group (ASRG)
ID Code:16563
Uncontrolled Keywords:pigs, probiotics, growth
Publisher:IFIS Publishing

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