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Evaluation of chitosan associated with sources of fat in the diet of dairy cows

Grant number: 12/10420-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Animal Husbandry - Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Principal Investigator:Francisco Palma Rennó
Grantee:Tiago Antonio Del Valle
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia (FMVZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The use of additives, such as additional sources of fat, it has been common practice for ruminants, especially for allowing the improvement of the status of energy production and performance of animals. As an alternative antibiotic ionophores used since the 1970s and today prohibited in the European Union was recently proposed the use of chitosan to modulate ruminal fermentation and digestion, with promising results. Chitosan (polymer-N-acetyl D-glucosamine) is a biodegradable polymer, non-toxic derivative of deacetylation of chitin, which is, in turn, the most abundant in nature biopolymer after cellulose, the major component being the exoskeleton of shellfish and insects. Because it is a byproduct of the fishing industry, chitosan has a low cost. Both the supplemental fat sources, as the use of additives such as ionophores can influence ruminal lipid. The biohydrogenation is an important step in ruminal metabolism of fatty acids and can be considered self defense process of rumen microorganisms, which convert unsaturated fatty acids into saturated fatty acids, less toxic to the rumen microbial population. Additionally, this process reduces the intestinal flow of polyunsaturated fatty acids to the duodenum which can effect nutraceutical and / or moderate metabolism and physiology of the animal. The hypothesis to be evaluated in this experiment is that the use of chitosan, associated with a fat source, alters ruminal fermentation and ruminal lipid without interfering negatively on consumption and digestibility of dry matter and nutrients, improving the yield and composition milk. Thus, the objective was to evaluate the effects of the use of chitosan and fat supplementation in the diets of dairy cows on intake and total apparent digestibility of dry matter and nutrients, fermentation and rumen microbial protein synthesis, production and milk composition concentrations of blood parameters, fatty acid profile in milk fat, and energy balances and nitrogen. (AU)

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VALLE, Tiago Antonio Del. Chitosan associated to fat source in the diet of lactating cows. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia (FMVZ/SBD) Pirassununga.

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