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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

(Including Medical and Laboratory Research)

Established 1994

ISSN 1328-925X

Volume 26 (2):101-105, 2022.

Effect of inulin on Lactobacilus acidophilus in Cobb broilers.


Seyedeh Leila Poorbaghi1 DVM, Hamid Reza Gheisari2 PhD, Habibollah Dadras1 PhD.


1Department(s) of Avian Medicine, 2Food Hygiene, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran




Poorbaghi SL, Gheisari HR, Dadras HD., Effect of inulin on Lactobacilus acidophilus in Cobb broilers, Onl J Vet Res., 26 (2):101-105, 2022. We report effect of inulin on microencapsulated probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus in intestine of broiler chickens. Five groups of 20 one day-old Cobb-500 chicks were gavaged 109 CFU lactobacillus acidophilus with or without microcapsules at days 0 and 17. Controls were not given probiotic or inulin. Inulin (0.1%) was given daily in drinking water for 35 days. Fresh fecal sampling was done on days 20 and 35 and bacteria determined by MRS agar culture. Compared with controls we found the encapsulated probiotic boosted bacteria ~74% compared with non encapsulated probiotic. Encapsulated or non-encapsulated L. acidophilus with inulin boosted intestinal bacteria in broilers. Our results suggested that microencapsulation of probiotic with inulin could boost survival of intestinal bacteria.

Key words: Lactobacillus acidophilus, microencapsulation, inulin, bacterial culture, broiler poultry.