The role of gut microbiota in animal health, well-being

The role of gut microbiota in animal health, well-being

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Examining ways to improve diversity in the intestinal microbiota in poultry and livestock through dietary interventions

The gut plays a critical role in animal health and well-being, housing a vastly complex community of microorganisms. Inoculation occurs immediately after birth, with diversity and complexity increasing until the microbial ecosystem has reached a relatively steady state. This diversity is crucial to the gut’s function as a protective barrier and provides resistance to colonization of pathogenic organisms, such as Salmonella, Escherichia and Campylobacter, as well as exerting beneficial effects on immune function.