Journal article

Gut Microbiota-Polyphenol Interactions in Chicken: A Review

Yasir Iqbal, Jeremy J Cottrell, Hafiz AR Suleria, Frank R Dunshea

ANIMALS | MDPI | Published : 2020


The gastrointestinal tract of the chicken harbors very complex and diverse microbial communities including both beneficial and harmful bacteria. However, a dynamic balance is generally maintained in such a way that beneficial bacteria predominate over harmful ones. Environmental factors can negatively affect this balance, resulting in harmful effects on the gut, declining health, and productivity. This means modulating changes in the chicken gut microbiota is an effective strategy to improve gut health and productivity. One strategy is using modified diets to favor the growth of beneficial bacteria and a key candidate are polyphenols, which have strong antioxidant potential and established h..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Kawther Ghozlan, Akhtar Ali, Chao Ma, and Yasmeen Mohammad Bashmil from the School of Agriculture and Food, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne for their support. We are also thankful to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and The University of Melbourne, Australia for providing support.