Effect of feeding T-2 toxin contaminated feed on the utilisation of vitamin e in chickens

Mária Kovács-Weber, Sz Stiller, K. Balogh, L. Wágner, Márta Erdelyi, Miklós Mezes

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of experimental T-2 toxin load (2.35 mg/kg of feed) and vitamin E supply in the drinking water (10.5 mg/bird/day) on vitamin E levels of the blood plasma and liver in broiler chickens in a 14-day experiment. It was found that T-2 toxin load did not influence vitamin E content of the blood plasma except at day 3 after the toxin load when a moderate increase was detected in plasma vitamin E. No significant changes were found in vitamin E content of the liver. The simultaneous use of high-dose vitamin E supplementation and T-2 toxin load caused a significantly higher plasma vitamin E content but the changes were less expressed in the group subjected to T-2 toxin load. Vitamin E supply also resulted in a marked and significant increase in vitamin E concentrations of the liver on days 3 and 7 even in the T-2 loaded group, but this concentration significantly decreased thereafter. The results show that T-2 contamination of the diet has an adverse effect on the utilisation of vitamin E in broiler chickens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalActa veterinaria Hungarica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2007



  • Broiler chicken
  • T-2 toxin
  • Vitamin E

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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