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Title: The gut microbiota and host innate immunity: Roles in host metabolism and metablic diseases
Authors: Kogut MH
Journal: J Appl Poult Res
Accepted date: 2013 Apr 16
Interpretive summary: The development of the immune response in baby chicks is controlled by the animal’s gut. This is because the gut is exposed to not only nutrients, but also many germs that can make the baby animals sick. What has been found over the last 20 years is that bacteria that do not cause disease, but normally grow in the gut, can work together to make the baby animals' immune system work better and prevent the bad germs from growing. Changes in the bacteria that grow in the gut of chicks can affect the overall health of the baby chick by affecting the way nutrients are broken down and used by the body. These negative effects on nutrients prevent the normal growth of the baby chick and result in poor growth and reduced egg and meat production. This paper would be beneficial to chicken growers, microbiologists, and nutritionists and will help make better animal feeds that encourage the growth of the normal bacteria in the gut.
Publication date: 2013 Sep
Volume: 22
Issue: 3
Pages: 637-46