The role of the commensal gut microbial community in broiler chickens

Lan, Y., Verstegen, M. W. A., Tamminga, S. and Williams, B. A. (2005) The role of the commensal gut microbial community in broiler chickens. World's Poultry Science Journal, 61 1: 95-104. doi:10.1079/WPS200445

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Author Lan, Y.
Verstegen, M. W. A.
Tamminga, S.
Williams, B. A.
Title The role of the commensal gut microbial community in broiler chickens
Journal name World's Poultry Science Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1743-4777
Publication date 2005-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1079/WPS200445
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 61
Issue 1
Start page 95
End page 104
Total pages 10
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 070204 Animal Nutrition
Abstract To understand the relationship between the gastrointestinal inhabiting microbial community and broiler health, a literature review is presented. The available information on the development of gut microbial community, the relationship between commensal microflora and digestive function, the role of gut microorganisms on competitive exclusion of chickens against pathogens, and modulation of the gut microbial community by addition of prebiotics to the diet is summarized. Gut dominant microbial communities become more complex as broilers grow older. The establishment of the dominant bacterial community is affected by dietary and host-related factors. Dietary prebiotics can modulate bacterial community shift towards non-harmful bacteria, which is beneficial for the health of broiler chickens. Gut commensal microorganisms play an important role in the prevention of colonization by pathogens in the gastrointestinal tract of chickens, a process known as competitive exclusion. In conclusion, the dilemma caused by the forthcoming ban of antibiotics feed additives and need to maintain the intestinal health of broiler chickens, has produced an enormous interest in finding alternatives. Modulating the intestinal microbial community in a healthy direction, by dietary ingredients such as prebiotics, could be a good solution.
Keyword Gut microbial community
Competitive exclusion
Gut mucosal cell proliferation
Broiler chickens
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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