Ašmenskaitė, Lina; Juśkiewicz, Jerzy; Zduńczyk, Zenon; Staniškienė, Birutė; Budreckienė, Rūta; Sinkevičienė, Ingrida; Žilinskienė, Ana; Matusevičius, Paulius
December 2007
Veterinarija ir Zootechnika;2007, Vol. 40 Issue 62, p3
Academic Journal
A 36-day experiment carried out on 54-day-old rabbits addressed to analyse physiological properties of diets supplemented with chicory roots flour. Twenty-four rabbits were allocated in individual cages to three treatments, in which they were fed each diet with the chicory flour at 0.25 and 50 g/kg - I and II experimental groups (Groups 1 and 2), and control (Group 3), respectively). The chicory administered at a higher dose (Group 2), lowered ileal pH and viscosity, and evoked increased hydration of ileal and caecal digesta, compared to the controls (P≤0.05). Group 1 was characterized by the highest increase in the bulk of digesta and concentration of protein in the caecum (P≤0.05 vs. Group 3). The lowest colonic pH was found in Group 2 (P≤0.05 vs. Group 3). Group 1 was characterized by a significantly higher volatile fatty acids (VFA) pool size in the caecum, whereas rabbits in Group 2 had the highest colonic VFA pool size (P≤0.05 vs. Group 3). In conclusion, the chicory flour rich in inulin, exerted positive effects on the rabbit gastrointestinal tract physiology and would be a potential source of functional feed additives.


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