Advances in Animal Science, Theriogenology, Genetics and Breeding

Microalgae for immunomodulation and gut health improvement in poultry industry


Kaustubh Sonkusale, Neera Chugh, Manish R. Shukla and Santanu Dasgupta*

The upsurge in the poultry products demand have made it indispensable for augmented supply of quality feed and nutrition to the poultry industry. The extreme use of antibiotics as growth promoters in poultry industry have outstretched the problems of microbial resistance to antibiotics and entry into the food chain, ultimately affecting the consumers. Thus, emphasis to enhance the immunity of birds is essential. This can be achieved with immune modulators and gut health promoting ingredients used as a supplement in the feed. Novel sources as microalgae can be a part of poultry feed ration, owing to its rich protein, essential amino acids, fatty acids profile and presence of bioactive molecules that have immunomodulation and gut health-enhancing properties. The current review emphasizes the need of immunomodulation and gut health in poultry industry and highlights specifically role of microalgae in immunomodulatory response and gut health improvement in birds.


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