JANUARY 13, 2017

| by Tereza Kubasova, Lenka Davidova-Gerzova, Elodie Merlot, Matej Medvecky, Ondrej Polansky, Delphine Gardan-Salmon, Helene Quesnel, Ivan Rychlik

Housing Systems Influence Gut Microbiota Composition of Sows but Not of Their Piglets

Abstract

Different housing systems can be used in pig production and little is known about their effect on gut microbiota composition. In this study we characterized fecal microbiota by sequencing the rRNA genes in sows kept during gestation in conventional pens with a slatted floor and in enriched pens with a floor covered with deep straw. After farrowing, microbiota of 1- and 4-day-old piglets were also monitored. Microbiota of sows from the enriched system contained significantly more Prevotella, Parabacteroides, CF231, Phascolarctobacterium, Fibrobacter,
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement N° 613574