Effect of Dietary supplementation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) on apparent digestibility and productive performance of growing rabbits

Zs Gerencsér, Z. Szendrő, Zs Matics, I. Radnai, M. Kovács, I. Nagy, M. Cullere, A. Dal Bosco, A. Dalle Zotte

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietary supplementation with spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) or/and thyme (Thymus vulgaris) on total tract apparent digestibility of nutrients and the performance of growing rabbits. At weaning (5 wk of age) the rabbits were randomly allotted to 7 groups (42 rabbits/group, 3 rabbits/cage). Rabbits in the control group (C-C) received a control pelleted feed throughout the experiment (5-11 wk of age) without any supplementation (crude protein: 176 g CP/kg, neutral detergent fibre: 325 g NDF/kg). In the other groups, the control diet was supplemented with 5% spirulina (S, mainly in substitution of soybean meal), or 3% thyme (T, mainly in substitution of alfalfa meal) or by both 5% S and 3% T (ST) for the whole (5-11 wk of age; groups: S-S, T-T, ST-ST) or part of the growing period (8-11 wk of age; groups: C-S, C-T, C-ST). Supplementations had no effect on apparent digestibility of dry matter, organic matter, acid detergent fibre, gross energy and digestible energy. The CP TTAD was lowest in rabbits fed the S diet, whereas it was highest in C fed rabbits, the other 2 treatments being intermediate (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Rabbit Science
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Thymus vulgaris
Spirulina
Spirulina platensis
thyme
dietary supplements
digestibility
rabbits
alfalfa meal
pelleted feeds
digestible energy
acid detergent fiber
diet
neutral detergent fiber
soybean meal
weaning
cages
crude protein
organic matter
energy
nutrients

Keywords

  • Growth performance
  • Rabbits
  • Spirulina
  • Thyme
  • Total tract apparent digestibility

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Effect of Dietary supplementation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) on apparent digestibility and productive performance of growing rabbits. / Gerencsér, Zs; Szendrő, Z.; Matics, Zs; Radnai, I.; Kovács, M.; Nagy, I.; Cullere, M.; Dal Bosco, A.; Dalle Zotte, A.

In: World Rabbit Science, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2014, p. 1-9.

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Gerencsér, Zs ; Szendrő, Z. ; Matics, Zs ; Radnai, I. ; Kovács, M. ; Nagy, I. ; Cullere, M. ; Dal Bosco, A. ; Dalle Zotte, A. / Effect of Dietary supplementation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) on apparent digestibility and productive performance of growing rabbits. In: World Rabbit Science. 2014 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 1-9.
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