Safety of Mealworm Meal in Layer Diets and their Influence on Gut Morphology

If we focus on the detection of E. coli, it is very positive that there were no findings in any sample of the tested feed during the storage period

Ondrej Stastnik; Jakub Novotny; Andrea Roztocilova; Petr Kouril; Vojtech Kumbar; Julius Cernik; Libor Kalhotka; Leos Pavlata; Lubor Lacina; Eva Mrkvicova


Scholarcy highlights

  • Given the fact that the growth of the human population is expected, the need to increase the production of animal products is proportionally unavoidable
  • The presence of E. coli and Salmonella spp. was not found in mealworm meal
  • In the present study gut morphology, ilea digesta viscosity and cecal chyme microbiology was evaluated with the inclusion of 2% and 5% of mealworm meal in diets
  • It may be concluded that the proportion of the mealworm meal does not deteriorate the quality of feeds
  • It was found out that the proportion of 2% and 5% of the mealworm meal in hens’ diet did not affect the length of villi and the microbiome of the caecum
  • The highest digesta viscosity of the ileum was found in the TM5 group, which may indicate a slower passage of the digestion through the digestive tract
  • The inclusion of two and five percent of the mealworm meal in hens’ diet can be recommended

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