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Probiotics in poultry: modes of action


Jin, Li Zhi and Ho, Yin Wan and Abdullah, Norhani and Syed Salim, Syed Jalaludin (1997) Probiotics in poultry: modes of action. World's Poultry Science Journal, 53 (4). pp. 351-368. ISSN 0043-9339; ESSN: 1743-4777


This paper reviews recent advances on the use and mode of action of probiotics (direct-fed microbials) in poultry. The addition of probiotics to the diet has been found to improve growth performance and feed conversion in broilers, and egg mass, egg weight and egg size in layers. The mode of action of probiotics in poultry includes (i) maintaining normal intestinal microflora by competitive exclusion and antagonism; (ii) altering metabolism by increasing digestive enzyme activity and decreasing bacterial enzyme activity and ammonia production; (iii) improving feed intake and digestion; and (iv) neutralizing enterotoxins and stimulating the immune system.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Institute of Bioscience
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1079/WPS19970028
Publisher: World's Poultry Science Association
Keywords: Broilers; Direct-fed microbials; Lactobacillus; Layers; Modes of action; Performance; Probiotics
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 04:35
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 04:35
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/51016
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