At the latest International Scientific Conference on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota & Health (IPC 2019), Lallemand Animal Nutrition shared new metagenomics data on the swine gut microbiota.
Dr. Caroline Achard presented a study that used the latest high-throughput sequencing techniques in partnership with the INRA Genotoul platform to reveal the effects of supplementation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii CNCM-I 1079 on sows’ microbiota and the lasting influence this has on weanling piglet performance, Lallemand said in an announcement.
“In the context of swine production and of a more careful use of antimicrobials, it is critical to get a better understanding of the link between the digestive microbiota and animal health and performance," Achard explained. "In this study, we showed evidence of the beneficial effects of a well described probiotic yeast on the sow’s microbiota, in particular to limit the intestinal microbiota dysbiosis during the peripartum phase.
"Those microbiota modulation results also confirmed the concept of maternal imprinting and helped explain why feeding the probiotic to the sow has also a positive impact on piglets’ performance," she added.
IPC 2019 is the largest scientific conference worldwide that focuses on human and animal probiotics, prebiotics, gut microbiota and health, Lallemand said. The scientific program of this year’s event focused on current advances in the research, production and use of probiotics and prebiotics, with a particular focus on their role in maintaining health and preventing diseases. More information on the conference can be found at www.probiotic-conference.net.