María Francesch

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The objectives of this study were to determine whether intestinal viscosity caused by mixed linked barley beta-glucan depresses ileal nutrient digestibility and digestive enzyme activities and to determine the interaction of intestinal viscosity, digestive enzyme activities and ileal nutrient digestibility in different ages of poultry. In Experiments 1 and(More)
One experiment was conducted to investigate the benefits of a multi-enzyme complex, containing carbohydrases (from Penicillium funiculosum) and phytase (bacterial 6-phytase) activities, on the performance and bone mineralization of broiler chickens fed corn-soybean meal diets. A total of 2,268 male broilers were allocated to 9 treatments, replicated 6(More)
A 24-week performance trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of an experimental phytase on performance, egg quality, tibia ash content and phosphorus excretion in laying hens fed on either a maize- or a barley-based diet. At the end of the trial, an ileal absorption assay was conducted in order to determine the influence of phytase supplementation on(More)
The anticoccidial effect of a product extracted from the natural herb Artemisia annua, artemisinin, which has a potential use as a dietary supplement, has been studied. Commercial artemisinin was administered at 10 and 17 ppm in food and tested against infection with Eimeria tenella. A battery trial to quantify the effect of artemisinin on the reproductive(More)
1. The effect of pelleting process and Trichoderma viride enzymes (TVE) addition on apparent metabolisable energy, corrected for nitrogen balance (AMEn) and on productive value of practical diets containing 40 and 45% of three different barley cultivars and one wheat were studied in poultry. 2. The effect of the pelleting process on AMEn was inconsistent(More)
This study was carried out to evaluate the combined effect of using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for nutritional evaluation of feed ingredients and the addition of non-starch polysaccharide carbohydrase complex (NSP enzymes) on the growth performance of broilers fed diets produced with low-quality wheat and soybean meal. A 2 × 2 trial design was(More)
An HPLC method for the determination of beta-glucan in barley was developed. The beta-glucan was hydrolysed with lichenase [endo-beta-(1-3),(1-4)-D-glucan-4-glucanhydrolase from Bacillus subtilis] to oligosaccharides, which were analysed by reversed-phase HPLC using water as the mobile phase at a flow-rate of 0.7 ml/min. The separation of the(More)
1. Nitrogen-corrected apparent and true metabolisable energy contents (AMEN and TMEN) of 12 diets, containing different amounts of maize, wheat, barley and rye, barley with beta-glucanase and maize with 0.05 g/kg guar gum were measured using 3-week-old male broilers. 2. The AMEN method involved: 4 d of dietary adaptation, 24 h of starvation, 54 h of ad(More)
The aim of this investigation was to determine the presence of the opportunistic pathogen Clostridium perfringens by PCR and DNA sequencing, without previous cultivation. This methodology was then used to investigate how C. perfringens was affected by different preventive measures, such as ionophores and feed additives, for necrotic enteritis in broilers(More)
1. Two trials were conducted to evaluate the effects of a mono-component thermostable endo-1,4-β-xylanase derived from Thermomyces lanuginosus on the nutritive value of wheat-based broiler diets. In a 5-week growth trial, the efficacy of xylanase supplementation at 0, 100, 150, 200, 400 and 4000 FXU/kg diet was evaluated. A short-term balance trial was(More)