Comparative biology of germ-free and conventional poultry – protein metabolism and nitrogen cycling – Part 3

Microbial involvement in certain pathologies is moderately well established, but the contribution of the microbiome to nutritional status, immune development, physiology, animal welfare, behavior, sustainability, and maturation is less clear.

AARON COWIESON* summarizes key observations from germ-free research in poultry, to create a foundational framework for ongoing initiatives to leverage microbiome modulatory technologies to achieve desirable end points in poultry nutrition, veterinary health, live production, and environmental susta...

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