Superior Growth Rates in Broilers Fed Wheat with Low In Vitro Feed-Xylanase Inhibition

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  • Claus Krogh Madsen
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  • Dan Pettersson, Novozymes A/S
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  • Rasmus Hjortshøj, Sejet Plant Breeding , 8700 Horsens , Denmark.
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  • Anders Katholm, DLG , 1620 Copenhagen , Denmark.
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  • Henrik Brinch-Pedersen

Grain-batch variation in xylanase-inhibitor levels may account for variations in the efficacy of feed xylanase supplementation. This would make inhibition an important quality parameter in the routine analysis of feedstuffs. Two analytical procedures for testing feedstuffs against specific xylanases were researched: the high-throughput viscosity-pressure assay (ViPr) and the extraction-free remazol-brilliant-blue-beechwood-xylan (RBBX) assay. Thirty-two wheat cultivars were analyzed for inhibition of a commercial xylanase, Ronozyme WX. Four cultivars were selected for a feeding experiment in which the growth of 1440 broilers from ages 7-33 days was monitored. The treatments resulted up to 7 % difference (day 14) in broiler weight . The cultivar choice had an effect throughout the experiment ( p < 0.05). The performance ranking of the treatments corresponded better to xylanase inhibition than to crude-protein content or nonstarch-polysaccharide content. Wheat-grain xylanase-inhibitor content is therefore a highly relevant quality parameter when broiler diets are supplemented with feed xylanase.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Pages (from-to)4044-4050
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2018

    Research areas

  • broiler, inhibitor, TAXI, TLXI, wheat, XIP, xylanase

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