Interpretive Summary: Effects of a novel consensus bacterial 6-phytase variant on the apparent ileal digestibility of amino acids, total tract phosphorus retention, and tibia ash in young broilers
By: Yueming Dersjant-Li, M. Reza Abdollahi, Abiodun Bello, Katie Waller, Leon Marchal and V. Ravindran
Microbial phytase is widely used in commercial broiler diets to improve digestion of phosphorus (P) and reduce its excretion into the environment. Phytase improves the digestion of phosphorus and other nutrients including amino acids (AA). This study evaluated the effect of a novel consensus bacterial 6-phytase variant (PhyG) added to a nutrient-reduced diet without any added inorganic P on the digestibility of nutrients including P and AA in the ileum of young broilers. Effects on P retention and bone mineralization were also assessed. Compared to an unsupplemented negative control diet, PhyG improved growth performance, P retention, bone mineralization (tibia ash), digestibility of dry matter, nitrogen, gross energy, and all 17 individual AA during 5 to 15 d post-hatch, in a dose-dependent manner (dose range 0 to 1,000 phytase units [FTU] per kilogram of feed). For some AA, the increases in digestibility with PhyG at 1,000 FTU/kg were substantial (cysteine: +15.0%, threonine:+10.4%), and for all AA were equivalent to the responses produced by a nutritionally adequate positive control (unsupplemented) diet. The results demonstrate the efficacy of PhyG to improve AA digestibility alongside growth performance, P retention, and bone mineralization in young broilers.
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