The study investigated whether stimbiotic inclusion could improve performance, influence intestinal microbiota and fermentation activity, and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines in piglets compared to fructo-oligosaccharide and mannan-oligosaccharide in good sanitary or poor sanitary environments.
The study results show that the stimbiotic shifted the intestinal microbiome to favour fibre fermentation, which likely contributed to reduced inflammatory response and improved performance in good and poor sanitary conditions compared to the other additives tested.
Dr Gemma Gonzalez, AB Vista’s research manager and one of the paper’s authors, said, “As a stimbiotic, Signis stimulates the microbiome to ferment fibre, increasing nutrient digestibility and enabling the fermentation of fibre sources that would otherwise be undegraded. Unlike prebiotics, which are utilised as a substrate for bacteria, stimbiotics act as signalling molecules for specific groups of beneficial bacteria. They are supplemented at the range of gram per tonne rather than a kilogram per tonne in the case of prebiotics”
The paper was written by representatives of Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea; Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain and AB Vista, and published by PLOS ONE.