What is “Gut Health” in animal nutrition? 

Components of GI functionality

While gut health is an increasingly important and popular topic in animal nutrition, a clear scientific definition is still lacking. A definition is needed in order to evaluate the effects of any nutritional intervention on animal health and performance. 

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Is it time to rethink Campylobacter and broiler health?

Campylobacter

Campylobacter may be a greater threat to poultry health and performance than previously thought.

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Structure of peptidoglycans and the impact on gastrointestinal tract functionality 

Structure of peptidoglycans

Research strives to elucidate meaningful relationships between the host mucosal immune system, the microbiome, and feed ingredients. As we search deeper and consider non‐ingredient components, the peptidoglycan (PGN) content in the GIT lumen and subsequent effects on digestibility and absorption looms into view. 

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Are probiotics in poultry production still effective?

Probiotics

Warnings that probiotics may not offer all this is claimed should be aimed at the strains marketed, not the class of additive.

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Waste in the Gut: Peptidoglycans of Bacterial Origin 

GIT microbiota diagram

Optimal gastrointestinal function is influenced by many factors, including gut microbiota and the way it interacts with the host. In fact, the gastrointestinal microbiota has proven to modulate the development of the gastrointestinal tract and improve its morphology, stimulating the development of the gastrointestinal immune system, promoting host nutrition. Therefore, the gastrointestinal microbiota has a significant impact on host or animal welfare.

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