Effects of Dietary Fermented Chlorella vulgaris (CBT®) on Growth Performance, Relative Organ Weights, Cecal Microflora, Tibia Bone Characteristics, and Meat Qualities in Pekin Ducks

  • Oh, S.T. (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Zheng, L. (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Kwon, H.J. (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Choo, Y.K. (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Lee, K.W. (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Kang, C.W. (Dan Biotech Inc.) ;
  • An, Byoung-Ki (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Konkuk University)
  • Received : 2014.06.29
  • Accepted : 2014.09.18
  • Published : 2015.01.01


Fermented Chlorella vulgaris was examined for its effects on growth performance, cecal microflora, tibia bone strength, and meat qualities in commercial Pekin ducks. A total of three hundred, day-old male Pekin ducks were divided into three groups with five replicates (n = 20 ducklings per replicate) and offered diets supplemented with commercial fermented C. vulgaris (CBT$^{(R)}$) at the level of 0, 1,000 or 2,000 mg/kg, respectively for 6 wks. The final body weight was linearly (p = 0.001) increased as the addition of fermented C. vulgaris into diets increased. Similarly, dietary C. vulgaris linearly increased body weight gain (p = 0.001) and feed intake (p = 0.001) especially at the later days of the feeding trial. However, there was no C. vulgaris effect on feed efficiency. Relative weights of liver were significantly lowered by dietary fermented C. vulgaris (linear effect at p = 0.044). Dietary fermented C. vulgaris did not affect total microbes, lactic acid bacteria, and coliforms in cecal contents. Finally, meat quality parameters such as meat color (i.e., yellowness), shear force, pH, or water holding capacity were altered by adding fermented C. vulgaris into the diet. In our knowledge, this is the first report to show that dietary fermented C. vulgaris enhanced meat qualities of duck meats. In conclusion, our study indicates that dietary fermented C. vulgaris exerted benefits on productivity and can be employed as a novel, nutrition-based strategy to produce value-added duck meats.


Supported by : Konkuk University


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