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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2019

Author(s): Placha, I; Ocelova, V; Chizzola, R; Battelli, G; Gai, F; Bacova, K; Faix, S

Title: Effect of thymol on the broiler chicken antioxidative defence system after sustained dietary thyme oil application.

Source: Br Poult Sci. 2019; 60(5):589-596

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Chizzola Remigius

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds

1. The purpose of this study was to examine if the concentration of thymol as the main compound of Thymus vulgaris essential oil (TEO) influenced the antioxidant defence system in broilers. 2. Twenty-four broiler chickens were randomly divided at the day of hatching into three dietary treatment groups (0%, 0.05% and 0.1%, w/w TEO) with eight birds in each and were fed until four weeks of age. 3. Thymol content in plasma, duodenal wall and breast muscle significantly increased when 0.1% of thyme oil was added to the diet ( P < 0.05). Thymol concentration in plasma significantly correlated with levels measured in the duodenal wall and feed (r

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