Animal health and performance are closely linked to gut health which, in turn, is dependent on the composition and diversity of gut microbiota.
To better understand this interaction, it is important to consider the impact of the environment, host, and nutrition, on turkey gut microbiota. A well-balanced gut microbiota can help make birds more resilient, giving them better resistance to stress and a faster recovery from health issues.
Different studies have demonstrated that adding Safmannan® to turkey feed has a positive effect on gut microbiota composition and diversity, consequently improving bird growth and feed efficiency
A trial carried out in Italy in 2021 analyzed the bacteria population found in turkey feces. Two sampling points were used, at 21 and 85 days, taking a different taxonomic level (from phylum to species) by 16S sequencing. This was to define the impact of Safmannan® on the microbial population.
The graphs show at each classification level, that Safmannan® helps increase the beneficial bacteria population while reducing the harmful bacteria.
The control group results show a colonisation by Proteobacteria (Enterobacteriales, Campylobacteriales, Pseudomonales). This did not occur in the Safmannan® group.
In the Safmannan® group, there was a greater abundance of beneficial micro-organisms, such as Lactobacillus spp and Clostridium, mainly bifermentans (1,96% vs 0,51).
The feces of turkeys in the Safmannan® group showed a higher abundance of health promoting microorganisms (i.e., different species of Lactobacillus as well as Clostridium bifermentans and Pediococcus acidilactici) in the last sampling (i.e., 85 days) in comparison to the control group.