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Vet Microbiol. 2015 Dec 14;181(1-2):8-14. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2015.07.014. Epub 2015 Jul 16.

Interactions between nutritional approaches and defences against microbial diseases in small ruminants.

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1
Department of Sciences of Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE), University of Foggia, Via Napoli 25, 71122 Foggia, Italy. Electronic address: mariangela.caroprese@unifg.it.
2
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
3
Veterinary Faculty, University of Thessaly, 43100 Karditsa, Greece.

Abstract

Objective of this review is to discuss the role of small ruminant diet in the defence of these animals against microbial diseases, in relation to different experimental approaches and various stressors acting on animals. The effects of various diets in immune reactions and animal defences are presented. Also, effects in relation to the species studied and the type of stressors acting on animals are discussed. Evidence is provided about the significance of the diet in enhancing immune responses of small ruminants during specific conditions, e.g., around parturition, during lactation, as well as in growing lambs or kids.

KEYWORDS:

Diet supplementation; Goat; Immune response; Sheep

PMID:
26228834
DOI:
10.1016/j.vetmic.2015.07.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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