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Microbial and Functional Profile of the Ceca from Laying Hens Affected by Feeding Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Synbiotics

Neiker-Tecnalia, Department of Animal Production, Granja Modelo de Arkaute, Vitoria-Gasteiz 01080, Spain
University of Hohenheim, Institute of Animal Science, Department of Livestock Microbial Ecology, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Microbial Interactions and Processes Research Group, 38124 Braunschweig, Germany
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Microorganisms 2019, 7(5), 123;
Received: 3 April 2019 / Revised: 1 May 2019 / Accepted: 4 May 2019 / Published: 6 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gut Health in Poultry Production)
Diet has an essential influence in the establishment of the cecum microbial communities in poultry, so its supplementation with safe additives, such as probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics might improve animal health and performance. This study showed the ceca microbiome modulations of laying hens, after feeding with dry whey powder as prebiotics, Pediococcus acidilactici as probiotics, and the combination of both as synbiotics. A clear grouping of the samples induced per diet was observed (p < 0.05). Operational taxonomic units (OTUs) identified as Olsenella spp., and Lactobacillus crispatus increased their abundance in prebiotic and synbiotic treatments. A core of the main functions was shared between all metagenomes (45.5%), although the genes encoding for the metabolism of butanoate, propanoate, inositol phosphate, and galactose were more abundant in the prebiotic diet. The results indicated that dietary induced-changes in microbial composition did not imply a disturbance in the principal biological roles, while the specific functions were affected. View Full-Text
Keywords: poultry; lactose; 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing; metagenome sequencing poultry; lactose; 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing; metagenome sequencing
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Pineda-Quiroga, C.; Borda-Molina, D.; Chaves-Moreno, D.; Ruiz, R.; Atxaerandio, R.; Camarinha-Silva, A.; García-Rodríguez, A. Microbial and Functional Profile of the Ceca from Laying Hens Affected by Feeding Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Synbiotics. Microorganisms 2019, 7, 123.

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