AICRP on Post Harvest Technology (ICAR), Department of Fish Processing Technology, Faculty of Fishery Sciences, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, 5, Budherhat Road, P.O. Panchasayar, Chakgaria, Kolkata – 700 094, WB, India
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Prebiotics are non-digestible feed ingredients that have beneficial effect on the host by selectively stimulating the growth or activity of one or a limited number of bacterial species, already resident in colon and thus attempt to improve host health.Mainly prebiotics are small fragments of carbohydrates and commercially available as oligosaccharides of galactose, fructose or mannose. Supplementation of dietary prebiotics viz., dietary organic acid (OA) supplements, mannan oligosaccharide (MOS), β-glucan and xylanase supplementation are mainly used in order to enhance live body weight gain, dressing percentage, weight of vital organs and muscles and mean villus lengths in digestive tract of poultry birds.
Keywords: Feed, Immunostimulation, Prebiotics.