The selected yeast fraction Safmannan® helps to counteract E. coli negative effects in poultry: from in vitro tests to farm applications

By Dr. Ruth RASPOET on

Avian colibacillosis gather different infections caused by an avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. Coli). E. coli are part of a healthy and balanced chicken’s gut flora. However, intensive production conditions may lead to a growth of the E. coli population and the development of infections. Poor farm management combined with an unbalanced microflora and/or a low immune system efficiency could increase the probability of these infections. These infections are responsible for significant economic losses in poultry resulting from reduced zootechnical performance, disease and associated treatment costs, condemnations and mortality. In 2013, the economic impact of E. coli peritonitis syndrome was estimated at 3.7 million euros, in the Netherlands poultry farming system (*).
Safmannan®, a selected yeast fraction, is known to reduce the negative impacts induced by E. coli in poultry production.


All together to support swine production: what solutions are available to substitute zinc oxide?

By Géraldine Kuhn on

Modern swine production allowed to increase the productivity at farm level. Due to higher prolificacy, farmers are managing bigger litters with lower individual weight at weaning. Hence, piglets are confronted with a higher susceptibility to bacterial or viral diseases at birth and after weaning. Biosecurity and farm management are the first basic leverages to control […]


Boosting animal performance by microbiota modulation

By Fabio Catunda on

Recent advances in sequencing technology have revolutionized gut microbiome research, permitting compositional and functional analyses of gut microbiota that were previously unrealistic. Due to techniques such as 16s rRNA sequencing and whole genome sequencing, based on metabolomics and metagenomics, we are now able to study the compositional and functional status of the gut microbiota community and its relationship with animal health, disease and performance.


Innate immune system: the good, the bad, the ugly…

By Dr. Mike Kogut on

The innate immune system acts as an alarm that senses danger in the form of infection and/or cell damage, and helps to initiate recovery and repair processes. Integral to innate immune cell activation are germline-encoded pattern recognition receptors that sense danger in the form of exogenous microbe-associated molecular patterns and endogenous damage-associated molecular patterns. Innate […]


Preventive measures in aquaculture: how to better protect our crops

By Marcelo BORBA on

Pathogenic agents that cause economic impacts in aquaculture are from bacterial, viral, fungal and/or parasitic origin. In fact, the combination of one or more of these pathogens is the most common cause of disease outbreak and can increase disease dispersion among shrimp and fish. Diseases in aquaculture have been causing adverse economic and social impacts […]