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The utilization of Insect-Based diets to improve the gastrointestinal function and gut health in poultry is increasingly gaining global attention. Here, we evaluated the potential roles of commercial black soldier fly larvae - based feeds (BSFLF) in reshaping the abundance, composition and diversity of the gut microbiota of layer chickens using high throughput Oxford nanopore Minion sequencing of the full length bacterial 16S rRNA gene.

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Our findings unravel complex gut microbial shift in laying hen fed insect-based feeds and therefore underpins the potential roles of beneficial bacteria as promising prebiotics and probiotics in reshaping of the gut microbiota to maintain good gut health and improve overall performance of the birds. Our findings also support Black soldier fly larval meal as a potential replacement of fishmeal.

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This page is a summary of: Gut microbiota shift in layer pullets fed on black soldier fly larvae-based feeds towards enhancing healthy gut microbial community, Scientific Reports, October 2022, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-20736-0.
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