Use of a colon simulation technique to assess the effect of live yeast on fermentation parameters and microbiota of the colon of pig

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-355
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Animal Science
Issue numberSupplement 4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
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The impact of 2 doses of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae were evaluated, 5 × 10(10) cfu/kg of feed (L1) and 5 × 10(11) cfu/kg of feed (L2) against a control (CON) with no added yeast, using an in vitro model [colon simulation technique (Cositec)] to mimic digestion in the pig colon. The L2 (but not L1) dose significantly improved DM digestibility compared to CON (61 v 58%) and increased NH(3) concentrations (+15%). Volatile fatty acid concentrations increased with L2 compared to CON--isobutyrate (+13.5%), propionate (+8.5%), isovalerate (+17.8%), and valerate (+25%)--but only valerate was increased with L1 (+14.2%). The analysis of microbiota from the liquid associated bacteria (LAB) and solid associated bacteria (SAB) revealed an interaction between the fraction and treatment (P <0.05). Indeed, L2 had a significant impact on SAB and LAB (P <0.01) whereas L1 only tended to change the structure of the population in the SAB (P <0.1). Overall, this study showed that a live yeast probiotic could improve digestion in a colonic simulation model but only at the higher dose used and this effect was associated with a shift in the bacterial population therein.


  • Animals, Colon, Fermentation, Hydrogen-Ion Concentration, Models, Biological, Oxidation-Reduction, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Swine