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Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola

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LIMA, ACF; MACARI, M; PIZAURO JUNIOR, JM  and  MALHEIROS, EB. Pancreatic enzymatic activity of broiler fed with diets containning enzyme or probiotic. Rev. Bras. Cienc. Avic. [online]. 2002, vol.4, n.3, pp. 187-194. ISSN 1806-9061.

This investigation was undertaken to study the effect of enzyme and/or probiotic supplementation in broiler chicken diet, as well as heat stress on pancreatic enzymes activities at 7, 14, 28 and 42 days of age. The experiment was performed at randon in a subdivided parcel with 6 primary treatments in a factorial schedule 6 x 2 (diets and temperatures), and 4 secondary treatments (age), with 2 repetitions in each treatment. No significant effect (p > 0.05) of treatment was found on the specific enzymes activities, except for amilase activity at 14 days and trypsin at 28 days of life, in which the enzyme addition increased the amilase and trypsin activities. Broiler age affected significantly all studied enzymes, where lipase specific activity decreased and amilase, trypsin and quimotrypsin specific activities increased with broiler chicken age. Ambient temperature (heat) also affected enzimes production according to broiler chicken age, with an increase in lipase activity and reduction in trypsin and amilase.

Keywords : broiler; enzymatic activity; enzyme; heat stress; probiotic.

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