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Ann Transl Med. 2014 Feb;2(2):20. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2014.01.02.

Barley β-glucan in poultry diets.

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Animal and Food Sciences Department, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0215, USA.


There has been an increased interest in the use of immunomodulators as substitutes for antibiotics in food animal production. Beta-glucans from yeast and fungi may be ideal substitutes because of their positive effects on the avian immune system without adversely affecting poultry performance. Barley β-glucans, however, have not shown this potential due to the adverse effects dietary inclusion of barley has on poultry performance.


barley; poultry; β-glucans

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