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Most Downloaded Animal Nutrition Articles

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1. Use of antibiotics in broiler production: Global impacts and alternatives

June 2018
Youcef Mehdi | Marie-Pierre Létourneau-Montminy | Marie-Lou Gaucher | Younes Chorfi | Gayatri Suresh | Tarek Rouissi | Satinder Kaur Brar | Caroline Côté | Antonio Avalos Ramirez | Stéphane Godbout

Antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections. However, a selective pressure gave rise to bacteria resistant to antibiotics. This leaves scientists worried about the danger to human and animal...

2. Specialized protein products in broiler chicken nutrition: A review

June 2015
Sleman S.M. Beski | Robert A. Swick | Paul A. Iji

In poultry nutrition, most attention is given to protein products, due to the importance of protein as a major constituent of the biologically active compounds in the body. It also assists in the synthesis...

3. Cassava: Nutrient composition and nutritive value in poultry diets

December 2016
Natalie K. Morgan | Mingan Choct

Insufficient supply, high prices and competition with the human food and biofuel industries means there is a continuous demand for alternative energy sources for poultry. As a result, cassava is becoming...

4. Implications of butyrate and its derivatives for gut health and animal production

June 2018
Andrea Bedford | Joshua Gong

Butyrate is produced by microbial fermentation in the large intestine of humans and animals. It serves as not only a primary nutrient that provides energy to colonocytes, but also a cellular mediator...

5. Potential and challenges of tannins as an alternative to in-feed antibiotics for farm animal production

June 2018
Qianqian Huang | Xiuli Liu | Guoqi Zhao | Tianming Hu | Yuxi Wang

Naturally occurring plant compounds including tannins, saponins and essential oils are extensively assessed as natural alternatives to in-feed antibiotics. Tannins are a group of polyphenolic compounds...

6. Gastrointestinal tract (gut) health in the young pig

June 2018
John R. Pluske | Diana L. Turpin | Jae-Cheol Kim

An optimally functioning gastrointestinal tract (GIT) clearly is of importance to the overall metabolism, physiology, disease status and performance of pigs of all stages of growth and development....

7. Potential of essential oils for poultry and pigs

June 2018
Hengxiao Zhai | Hong Liu | Shikui Wang | Jinlong Wu | Anna-Maria Kluenter

The increasing pressure of abolishing and/or decreasing the use of antibiotics as antimicrobial growth promoters for livestock calls for alternative solutions to sustain the efficiency of current livestock...

8. Essential oils as alternatives to antibiotics in swine production

June 2018
Faith A. Omonijo | Liju Ni | Joshua Gong | Qi Wang | Ludovic Lahaye | Chengbo Yang

This review article summarizes the efficacy, feasibility and potential mechanisms of the application of essential oils as antibiotic alternatives in swine production. Although there are numerous studies...

9. Recent advances in fermented feeds towards improved broiler chicken performance, gastrointestinal tract microecology and immune responses: A review

March 2019
Sugiharto Sugiharto | Samir Ranjitkar

Previously, fermentation has been associated with methods that improve the nutritional value of unconventional feed ingredients for broilers. In recent decades, the fermentation process has been employed...

10. Non-antibiotic feed additives in diets for pigs: A review

June 2018
Yanhong Liu | Charmaine D. Espinosa | Jerubella J. Abelilla | Gloria A. Casas | L. Vanessa Lagos | Su A. Lee | Woong B. Kwon | John K. Mathai | Diego M.D.L. Navarro | Neil W. Jaworski | Hans H. Stein

A number of feed additives are marketed to assist in boosting the pigs' immune system, regulate gut microbiota, and reduce negative impacts of weaning and other environmental challenges. The most commonly...

11. Using probiotics to improve swine gut health and nutrient utilization

December 2017
Shengfa F. Liao | Martin Nyachoti

To maintain a healthy gut is definitely key for a pig to digest and absorb dietary nutrients efficiently. A balanced microbiota (i.e., a healthy micro-ecosystem) is an indispensable constituent of a...

12. Animals as sources of food-borne pathogens: A review

September 2018
Norma Heredia | Santos García

Food-producing animals are the major reservoirs for many foodborne pathogens such as Campylobacter species, non-Typhi serotypes of Salmonella enterica, Shiga toxin-producing strains of Escherichia coli,...

13. Performances of local poultry breed fed black soldier fly larvae reared on horse manure

March 2018
Nassim Moula | Marie-Louise Scippo | Caroline Douny | Guy Degand | Edwin Dawans | Jean-François Cabaraux | Jean-Luc Hornick | Rudy C. Medigo | Pascal Leroy | Frederic Francis | Johann Detilleux

In poultry, feed based on maggots, like larvae of black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) is an attractive option to substitute current ingredients which are expensive and often in direct or indirect...

14. Effects of dietary probiotic supplementation on the growth, gut health and disease resistance of juvenile Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)

Available online 23 August 2019
Yun Xia | Miao Wang | Fengying Gao | Maixin Lu | Gang Chen

This study investigated the effects of the Streptococcus agalactiae antagonizing probiotics Bacillus cereus NY5 and Bacillus subtilis as feed additives for Nile tilapia in terms of growth performance,...

15. Fermented soybean meal improves the growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and microbial flora in piglets

March 2017
Lin Yuan | Juan Chang | Qingqiang Yin | Min Lu | Yuanran Di | Ping Wang | Zhixiang Wang | Erzhu Wang | Fushan Lu

In order to increase nutritive values of soybean meal (SBM), 3 species of microbes were used to ferment SBM. Through a 3 × 3 orthogonal design and parameter measurements of soybean peptide and anti-nutritional...

16. Use of probiotics and botanical extracts to improve ruminant production in the tropics: A review

September 2018
Muhammed A. Arowolo | Jianhua He

Ruminant production, especially in the tropics and developing countries suffers a setback when compared with the temperate and developed countries, which is attributable to the kinds of available feed...

17. Nano zinc, an alternative to conventional zinc as animal feed supplement: A review

September 2016
Partha S. Swain | Somu B.N. Rao | Duraisamy Rajendran | George Dominic | Sellappan Selvaraju

The uniqueness of Zn is that, it is the second most abundant trace element in the animal body but can't be stored in the body, thus regular dietary intake is required. Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles...

18. Solid-state fermented plant protein sources in the diets of broiler chickens: A review

Available online 2 July 2019
Oladapo Olukomaiya | Chrishanthi Fernando | Ram Mereddy | Xiuhua Li | Yasmina Sultanbawa

Protein sources are the second most important component in poultry diets. Due to the fluctuation in price of soybean meal (SBM) and persistent increase in feed prices, nutritionists have been exploring...

19. Glutamine and glutamate: Nonessential or essential amino acids?

September 2015
Malcolm Watford

Glutamine and glutamate are not considered essential amino acids but they play important roles in maintaining growth and health in both neonates and adults. Although glutamine and glutamate are highly...

20. Glycerol use in dairy diets: A systemic review

September 2019
Ahmed E. Kholif

There is an increasing interest in the production of biodiesel as bio-renewable fuel source, with numerous biofuel byproducts becoming available. The annual productions of biodiesel and crude glycerol...

21. The profiles of mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis using extracellular flux analysis in porcine enterocyte IPEC-J2

September 2015
Bie Tan | Hao Xiao | Fengna Li | Liming Zeng | Yulong Yin

The porcine intestinal mucosa require large amounts of energy for nutrient processing and cellular functions and is vulnerable to injury by weaning stress involving bioenergetics failure. The mitochondrial...

22. Fermentation characteristics of resistant starch, arabinoxylan, and β-glucan and their effects on the gut microbial ecology of pigs: A review

September 2019
Utsav P. Tiwari | Amit K. Singh | Rajesh Jha

Dietary fibers (DF) contain an abundant amount of energy, although the mammalian genome does not encode most of the enzymes required to degrade them. However, a mutual dependence is developed between...

23. Review on biological degradation of mycotoxins

September 2016
Cheng Ji | Yu Fan | Lihong Zhao

The worldwide contamination of feeds and foods with mycotoxins is a significant problem. Mycotoxins pose huge health threat to animals and humans. As well, mycotoxins bring enormous economic losses...

24. Feed intake pattern of broiler chickens under intermittent lighting: Do birds eat in the dark?

June 2019
Inês Rodrigues | Mingan Choct

This paper reflects the results of a short experiment conducted in parallel with a larger trial which aimed to test the assumption that ‘consumption of feed by broiler chickens during periods of darkness...

25. Role of methionine on epigenetic modification of DNA methylation and gene expression in animals

March 2018
Naifeng Zhang

DNA methylation is one of the main epigenetic phenomena affecting gene expression. It is an important mechanism for the development of embryo, growth and health of animals. As a key nutritional factor...

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