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The Benefits of Exogenous Xylanase in Wheat–Soy Based Broiler Chicken Diets, Consisting of Different Soluble Non-Starch Polysaccharides Content

Pirgozliev, Vasil Radoslavov; Mansbridge, Stephen Charles; Whiting, Isobel Margaret; Abdulla, Jalil Mahmwd; Rose, Stephen Paul; Kljak, Kristina; Johnson, Amy; Drijfhout, Falko; Atanasov, Atanas Georgiev


Vasil Radoslavov Pirgozliev

Stephen Charles Mansbridge

Isobel Margaret Whiting

Jalil Mahmwd Abdulla

Stephen Paul Rose

Kristina Kljak

Amy Johnson

Atanas Georgiev Atanasov


Four wheat-based diets with either a low soluble content of non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs, 13 g/kg); low viscosity, LV) or a high content of NSPs (33.5 g/kg; high viscosity, HV), with and without exogenous xylanase (XYL), were fed to male Ross 308 broiler chickens from 7 to 21 days age. The enzyme was supplemented at 100 FXU/kg diet, and its preparation was based on endo-1,4-beta-xylanase produced by Aspergillus oryzae. Each diet was fed to eight pens, with five birds in each pen, following randomisation. Chicks fed XYL had an improved feed efficiency, hepatic coenzyme Q10, caecal butyric acid concentration, nitrogen digestibility (p < 0.05) and increased dietary ME (p < 0.001). Compared to HV, birds fed LV diets had reduced weight of proventriculus, gizzard and the pancreas and higher blood glutathione peroxidase and dietary ME (p < 0.05), but no differences were observed on nutrient digestibility and growth performance variables. This also suggests that birds may tolerate a greater dietary NSPs content; thus, further benefits may be obtained by the application of XYL in low energy wheat-based diets.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 24, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 28, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 11, 2023
Journal Poultry
Electronic ISSN 2674-1164
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 123-133