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Cecal drop reflects the chickens' cecal microbiome, fecal drop does not

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Microbiota in the gastro-intestinal tract are closely related to both the intestinal and overall health of the host. Experimental chickens have always been euthanized in order to identify and quantify the bacteria in cecal content. In this study, quantification and identification of the microbial populations in cecal drop, cecal content and fecal drop samples from chickens showed that cecal drop contains a bacterial community that is very similar (concerning bacterial diversity, richness and species composition) to cecal content, as opposed to the bacterial community found in fecal drop. Cecal drop analysis thus allows for longitudinal experiments on chickens' cecal bacteria. The varying results in the analysis of fecal samples questions the method's reliability in reflecting the true cecal microbiota in chickens.
Journal: Journal of Microbiological Methods
ISSN: 0167-7012
Volume: 117
Pages: 164 - 70
Publication year:2015
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Private, Higher Education