n AFMA Matrix - Can we measure gut health? - feed science

Volume 26 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1236-3456
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Are we (finally) ready to measure gut health in animals? It seems that numerous biomarkers have been discovered that will make it possible to in fact measure whether the animal has a healthy or an unhealthy intestinal system. Experts from around the world shared their thoughts on this at the Adisseo Advancia Academy held in Barcelona on 7 and 8 May 2017. Gut health is a hot topic and it is topical to understand what a healthy intestine is (and what it is not) to find practical alternatives to antibiotics and to understand how newly formulated diets react in the gut system. When we consider poultry, a healthy gut system is vital to ensure nutrients are digested, taken up by the bird, therefore having a growth or health-promoting effect.

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