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The effect of short term feeding with organic and conventional diets on selected immune parameters in rat

Baranska, A.; Skwarlo-Sonta, K.; Rembialkowska, E.; Brandt, K.; Lueck, L. and Leifert, C. (2007) The effect of short term feeding with organic and conventional diets on selected immune parameters in rat. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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There is currently no evidence for beneficial health impacts being associated with the consumption of organic rather than conventional foods. This preliminary study was therefore aimed at using haematological parameters, white blood cell (WBC) number and splenocyte proliferation as sensitive assays to evaluate influence of the organic, low input and conventional components in the diet on rats’ immune system function. The results of a short term feeding trial with two rat generations indicates a potential effect on immune system function, which has to be confirmed by longer-term exposure studies.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic food, Conventional food, Immunity, Splenocyte proliferation
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Research affiliation: European Union > QualityLowInputFood > Subproject 2: Effects of production methods
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 2 Food quality/ safety
UK > Univ. Newcastle
Poland
Deposited By: Baranski, M.
ID Code:9921
Deposited On:05 Mar 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.http://orgprints.org/10417/
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