Phytogenic and Probiotic Feed Additives for Broilers: Evidence for Growth Performance Links with Gut Performance Indices

7 January 2017, at 6:00am

CANADA - Remarks by Konstantinos Mountzouris, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.


It is becoming evident that zootechnical performance is directly linked with gut performance. The latter is determined by the continuous interaction between diet, gut microbiota, gut mucosa and the animal’s immune system. Certain bioactive feed additives elicit direct and indirect biological responses that are purported to aid in fine synchronizing key functions of the four interacting elements stated above and enhance performance. In this sense, research cases demonstrating links between growth performance, nutrient availability and modulation of key gut ecology and immune related indices upon phytogenic and probiotic administration in broiler chickens will be presented.