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Bacillus subtilis spores germinate in the chicken gastrointestinal tract

Cartman, S. T., La Ragione, R. M. and Woodward, M. J. (2008) Bacillus subtilis spores germinate in the chicken gastrointestinal tract. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74 (16). pp. 5254-5258. ISSN 0099-2240

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1128/aem.00580-08

Abstract/Summary

A number of poultry probiotics contain bacterial spores. In this study, orally administered spores of Bacillus subtilis germinated in the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of chicks. Furthermore, 20 h after spores were administered, vegetative cells outnumbered spores throughout the GI tract. This demonstrates that spore-based probiotics may function in this host through metabolically active mechanisms.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Food Microbial Sciences Research Group
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ID Code:28327
Publisher:American Society for Microbiology

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