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Effect of stachyose supplementation on growth performance, nutrient digestibility and caecal fermentation characteristics in broilers.
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PMID:  16905479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
1. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether the oligosaccharide stachyose enhances gastrointestinal tract health by fermentation and proliferation of desirable bacteria species and thus affects growth performance and nutrient digestibility in broilers. 2. A total of 432 1-d-old male Arbor Acres (AA) broilers were randomly allocated to one of 6 treatments, with 12 replicate pens per treatment and 6 birds per pen. Chicks were fed a maize-hamlet protein 300 (HP300) basal diet with 0, 4.0, 8.0, 12.0 or 16.0 g/kg stachyose. A sixth diet contained no HP300 but soybean meal (SBM) and provided 8.7 g/kg stachyose and 3.1 g/kg raffinose. The duration of the study was 42 d. 3. Stachyose contents above 12.0 g/kg depressed group body weights, average daily gain and feed/gain but not feed intake during the whole experimental period. Broiler growth decreased linearly and quadratically with increasing stachyose content. No differences were detected between diets supplemented with 12.0 g/kg stachyose and SBM. 4. Nutrient digestibility tended to decrease but not significantly with increasing stachyose. 5. Stachyose content had no significant positive effects on caecal pH, microflora population and the resulting short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) metabolites during the 42 d experiment, with only butyrate differing significantly in the initial period.
H Q Jiang; L M Gong; Y X Ma; Y H He; D F Li; H X Zhai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British poultry science     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0007-1668     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. Poult. Sci.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-14     Completed Date:  2006-10-13     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15740290R     Medline TA:  Br Poult Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  516-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, China Agricultural University, Beijing, P. R. China.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Cecum / drug effects*,  microbiology
Chickens / growth & development*
Diet / veterinary
Dietary Supplements
Digestion / drug effects*
Fermentation / drug effects*
Oligosaccharides / pharmacology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Oligosaccharides; 470-55-3/stachyose

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