Interpretive Summary: Effects of microbial phytase on standardized total tract digestibility of phosphorus in feed phosphates fed to growing pigs
By: Diego A Lopez, Su A Lee, Hans H Stein
Microbial phytase increases the digestibility by pigs of phytate-bound P in feed ingredients of plant origin, but digestible P can also be increased in diets by the addition of feed phosphates due to their high digestibility of P and lack of phytate. However, it is possible that the phytate from plant ingredients complexes with P from feed phosphates, resulting in a lower digestibility of P, but research to address this possibility has not been reported. Therefore, the hypothesis was that phytase can increase the digestibility of P in feed phosphates fed to pigs. Monocalcium phosphate (MCP), monosodium phosphate (MSP), and magnesium phosphate (MgP) were the three feed phosphates used in the experiment and the three ingredients were included in corn-soybean meal based diets. Results indicated that the inclusion of phytase increased the digestibility of P in the diets, but there was no indication that phytase affected the digestibility of P from any of the three feed phosphates, which indicates that the increase in digestibility of P likely was due to the release of P from plant ingredients in the diets. However, the digestibility of P was lower in MgP compared with MCP and MSP.
Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.