Special issue on diarrhea and nutritional regulation in piglets

Published 18 January, 2023


This special issue aims to capture the recent advances in the mechanisms of postweaning diarrhea and potential applications of dietary manipulation targeting gut health to prevent or cure diarrhea in piglets. We welcome original research and review articles.

Postweaning diarrhea is a common multifactorial disease in pig production which is affected by dietary and nutritional change, piglet genetics or the presence of particular pathogens. Diarrheal incidence is previously controlled by feed supplementation with antibiotics or zinc oxide. However, new alternatives are being sought due to an expected ban on antibiotics or limitation of zinc oxide in feed supplementation. Nutritional regulation, including functional amino acids, probiotics or prebiotics, and herbal medicine, is widely introduced to improve gut barrier, nutrient digestion and absorption, as well as microbial balance, to reduce diarrheal ratio in weaned piglets.

Topics covered

  • Mechanistic understanding of gut water secretion and reabsorption in postweaning diarrhea;
  • Alterations in microbial compositions and functions of diarrheal piglets;
  • Screening of anti-diarrhea microbiota;
  • Effects and mechanisms of dietary nutrient-caused diarrhea in piglets;
  • Nutritional regulation of diarrhea in piglets.

Important deadlines

  • Submission opens: 17 January 2023
  • Submission deadline: 30 September 2023
  • Expected time to first decision: Four weeks after submission

Submission instructions

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All submissions should be made via the online editorial system.

Guest editors

  • Academician Yulong Yin. Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changsha, China. Email: yinyulong@isa.ac.cn
  • Prof. Sung Woo Kim. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States. Email: sungwoo_kim@ncsu.edu
  • Prof. Jie Yin. Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, 410128, China. Email: yinjie2014@126.com

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