Influence of Enzyme Supplementation in the Diets of Broiler Chickens Formulated with Different Corn Hybrids Dried at Various Temperatures. Academic Article uri icon


  • We evaluated the influence of enzymatic supplementation on the growth performance and cecal microbiota of broilers. A total of 2160 1-day-old male chicks were used in a 3 × 2 × 2 factorial arrangement (three corn hybrids, two drying temperatures -80 and 110 °C, with or without the inclusion of an enzymatic blend (amylase, xylanase, and protease) (20 birds/pen, n = 9). For all performance and digestibility parameters, we observed, in general, isolated effects of the corn hybrids and drying temperature. Birds that received the enzymatic blend in the diet showed better weight gain from 1 to 21 days (d) and better digestibility coefficients of nutrients at 42 d. Birds fed diets with corn dried at 80 °C showed a better feed conversion ratio from 1 to 42 d. At 21 d of age, enzymatic supplementation had positive effects on jejunum morphology. Enzyme supplementation increased the abundance of the phylum Tenericutes, class Bacilli and Mollicutes, reduced Clostridia, and increased the abundances of the families Lactobacillaceae, Anaeroplasmataceae, and O_RF39;F. In conclusion, the addition of amylase, xylanase, and protease led to a better nutrient digestibility, performance, and intestinal morphology. In addition, enzyme supplementation changed the diversity, composition, and predicted function of the cecal microbiota at d 21.

published proceedings

  • Animals (Basel)

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Giacobbo, F., Eyng, C., Nunes, R. V., Souza, C. D., Teixeira, L. V., Pilla, R., Suchodolski, J. S., & Bortoluzzi, C.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Giacobbo, Franciele CN||Eyng, Cinthia||Nunes, Ricardo V||Souza, Cleison de||Teixeira, Levy V||Pilla, Rachel||Suchodolski, Jan S||Bortoluzzi, Cristiano

publication date

  • February 2021