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Title: Effects of age and mannanoligosaccharides supplementation on production of volatile fatty acids in the caecum of rabbits
Authors: Guedes, Cristina
Mourão, José Luís
Silva, Severiano
Gomes, Maria José
Rodrigues, M.M.
Pinheiro, Victor
Keywords: Mannanoligosaccharides
Volatile fatty acids
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: This trial studied the effect of including mannanoligosaccharides (MOS, Bio-Mos®, Alltech Inc., USA) in the diet on the caecal volatile fatty acids (VFA) and pH of rabbits from 34 to 90 days of age. Three experimental diets were compared: control diet, zinc bacitracin (ZnBac) diet (control diet with 0.1 g ZnBac/kg feed) and MOS diet (control diet with 2.0 g MOS/kg feed). Rabbits were slaughtered at 34, 48, 69 and 90 days of age and caecal contents were collected and analyzed for dry matter, pH and VFA concentration. The empty caecum and caecal contents weights relative to live weight were also determined. Age affected (P<0.0001) VFA concentration and pH values in the caecum. The pH decreased with age whereas VFA concentration increased. Rabbits fed MOS had higher (P<0.05) VFA and tended (P=0.098) to had lower pH in the caecum than rabbits fed ZnBac and control diets. Acetic, propionic and butyric acids concentrations in the caecum increased with MOS but its molar proportions were similar among diets. Diet had no effect on empty caecum weight and caecal contents weight and dry matter concentration. There was no interaction effect between diet and age. From 34 to 90 days of age, VFA production was higher (P<0.05) in the caecum of rabbits fed MOS than in those fed ZnBac diet and control diet. The addition of MOS to the diet increased the VFA concentration in the caecum of growing rabbits from 34 to 90 days of age.
Peer Reviewed: yes
Document Type: Article
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