Bacillus subtilis spores germinate in the chicken gastrointestinal tract.

@article{Cartman2008BacillusSS,
  title={Bacillus subtilis spores germinate in the chicken gastrointestinal tract.},
  author={Stephen T. Cartman and Roberto M. La Ragione and Martin John Woodward},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={74 16},
  pages={5254-8}
}
A number of poultry probiotics contain bacterial spores. In this study, orally administered spores of Bacillus subtilis germinated in the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of chicks. Furthermore, 20 h after spores were administered, vegetative cells outnumbered spores throughout the GI tract. This demonstrates that spore-based probiotics may function in this host through metabolically active mechanisms. 

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