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The role of specific cereal grain dietary components in poultry gut function

Code: 9781838799816
Paul Iji, Fiji National University, Fiji Islands and University of New England, Australia; Apeh Omede, University of New England, Australia and Kogi State University, Nigeria; Medani Abdallh, University of New England, Australia and University of Khartoum, Sudan; and Emmanuel Ahiwe, University of New England, Australia and Federal University of Technology – Owerri, Nigeria

Chapter synopsis: Cereal grains constitute the greatest proportion of most practical poultry diets. As dietary components, cereal grains provide most of the dietary energy and help to support the development of the structural and functional integrity of the digestive tract. However, many cereal grains contain one or more deleterious factors, which may negatively affect the structural and functional development of the gut. Some of the key factors are carbohydrate in nature, but there are non-carbohydrate fractions which may actually not provide any nutrients but function mainly as anti-nutrients. This chapter broadly explores the normal structure and function of the digestive tract in poultry in the absence of dietary factors. It then highlights the nature of the key components of cereal grains, particularly the components that may influence the development of intestinal structure and function. Finally, the chapter examines the role of cereal grain components on poultry gut function and the possible mechanisms by which these interactions take place.

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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 The poultry gut 3 Functions of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) 4 General structure of cereal grains 5 Nutrient composition of cereal grains 6 Anti-nutritive components of cereal grains 7 Role of cereal grain components in poultry gut function 8 Possible mechanisms by which cereal grain dietary components affect gut function 9 Conclusion 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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