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***AMN107

2018 - 2023

Investigations into synergistic effects of butyrate glycerides with plant extracts for reducing the use of antibiotics in chicken production

Principal Investigator: Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Co-investigator: Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph; Bruce Rathgeber, Dalhousie University
Status: In progress

Objective

  • To investigate synergistic effects of butyrate glycerides with plant extracts to promote chicken growth performance.
  • To investigate synergistic effects of butyrate glycerides with plant extracts to control necrotic enter in chickens.

Background

There is an urgent need to develop a viable alternative to dietary antibiotics. Butyrate plays an important role in animal growth and health by influencing the regulation, metabolism, and development of colonic epithelial cells (Leonel and Alvarez-Leite 2012, Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care, 15:474–479).  In addition to serving as an energy source for colonic epithelial cells butyrate and can offer a number of beneficial effects towards animals. At appropriate levels, it can improve growth performance of broilers, including an increase in carcass and breast meat yields. However, the effects of butyrins on the control of NE disease in chickens are still unclear.

Funding

$191,500 (CPRC/ AAFC $120,500*, Sunwin Biotech $57,000 (includes $7,000 in-kind), Organic Cluster $7,000 (in-kind), Acadian Seaplants Ltd $50,000 (in-kind))

*This research is part of the 2018-2023 Poultry Science Cluster which is supported by AAFC as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


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