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Enhanced catch-up growth after a challenge in animals on organic feed

Huber, Machteld; Coulier, Leon; Wopereis, Suzan; Savelkoul, Huub; Nierop, Dré and Hoogenboom, Ron (2012) Enhanced catch-up growth after a challenge in animals on organic feed. Poster at: International Conference on Nutrition & Growth, Paris, France, March 1-3.

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A feeding experiment was performed in two generations of three groups of chickens with different immune responsiveness. All groups were fed identically composed feeds from either organic or conventional production. In the young animals of the second generation an immune challenge was imposed. The chickens fed conventional feed showed overall a higher weight gain, whereas feed intake of the groups was similar. The animals on organic feed showed an enhanced immune reactivity, a stronger reaction to the immune challenge, as well as an enhanced ’catch-up-growth’ after the challenge.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:organic food, food quality, product quality
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR) > Animal Sciences Group ASG
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR) > Institute of Food Safety RIKLIT
Netherlands > Other organizations
Deposited By: Steinbuch, Luc
ID Code:20834
Deposited On:22 May 2012 07:06
Last Modified:22 May 2012 07:06
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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