Out of the alternatives to antibiotics and zinc oxide, organic acids, or simply acidifiers, play significant roles, especially in ensuring gut health and the growth performance of pigs. Regarding acidifiers, formic acid and its salts have shown very promising results in weaning, growing and finishing pigs. Although it is known that the main mechanisms by which acidifiers can improve livestock performance and health are related to the regulation of gastrointestinal pH, an improvement in intestinal digestibility and mineral utilization, and their antimicrobial properties against specific pathogens has been observed, while poor consensus remains in relation to the effect of acidifers on bacteria and the complex microbiome. Therefore, the aim of the present review was to critically evaluate the effects of formic acid and its salts on the performance and the gastrointestinal microbiota balance of pigs.

A review of the effect of formic acid and its salts on the gastrointestinal microbiota and performance of pigs / Luise D.; Correa F.; Bosi P.; Trevisi P.. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - ELETTRONICO. - 10:5(2020), pp. 887.1-887.20. [10.3390/ani10050887]

A review of the effect of formic acid and its salts on the gastrointestinal microbiota and performance of pigs

Luise D.
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Correa F.;Bosi P.;Trevisi P.
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2020

Abstract

Out of the alternatives to antibiotics and zinc oxide, organic acids, or simply acidifiers, play significant roles, especially in ensuring gut health and the growth performance of pigs. Regarding acidifiers, formic acid and its salts have shown very promising results in weaning, growing and finishing pigs. Although it is known that the main mechanisms by which acidifiers can improve livestock performance and health are related to the regulation of gastrointestinal pH, an improvement in intestinal digestibility and mineral utilization, and their antimicrobial properties against specific pathogens has been observed, while poor consensus remains in relation to the effect of acidifers on bacteria and the complex microbiome. Therefore, the aim of the present review was to critically evaluate the effects of formic acid and its salts on the performance and the gastrointestinal microbiota balance of pigs.
2020
A review of the effect of formic acid and its salts on the gastrointestinal microbiota and performance of pigs / Luise D.; Correa F.; Bosi P.; Trevisi P.. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - ELETTRONICO. - 10:5(2020), pp. 887.1-887.20. [10.3390/ani10050887]
Luise D.; Correa F.; Bosi P.; Trevisi P.
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