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Table 5 Effect of dietary BLJ supplementation on jejunal lesion scores, morphology and goblet cell numbers in broiler chickens challenged with NE at 28 d of age

From: Dietary encapsulated essential oils and organic acids mixture improves gut health in broiler chickens challenged with necrotic enteritis

Items

NE1

Jejunum lesion scores

Villous height, μm

Crypt depth, μm

VH/CD2

GC3 cells

BLJ, mg/kg

 0

0.14c

439.66

61.93b

7.07b

23.57

 0

+

1.33a

398.69

112.52a

3.56c

17.23

 500

0.29bc

507.07

59.00b

8.66a

23.03

 500

+

0.58b

446.39

66.69b

6.75b

23.87

 SEM4

 

0.07

15.00

4.91

0.41

1.06

Main effect

 0

 

0.74

419.18b

87.22

5.31

20.40

 500

 

0.43

476.73a

62.85

7.70

23.45

 Non-challenged

 

0.21

473.37

60.47

7.86

23.30

 Challenged

 

0.96

422.54

89.60

5.15

20.55

P-value5

 BLJ

 

0.043

0.046

< 0.01

< 0.01

0.130

 Challenged

 

< 0.01

0.076

< 0.01

< 0.01

0.170

 Challenged×BLJ

 

< 0.01

0.720

< 0.01

0.011

0.078

  1. a, b, cMeans within the same column with different superscripts differ significantly (P < 0.05)
  2. 1NE Co-challenged with Eimeria spp. and Clostridium perfringens; −, without NE challenge; +, with NE challenge
  3. 2VH/CD villus height/crypt depth ratio
  4. 3GC cells goblet cell numbers per mm2
  5. 4SEM standard error of the mean
  6. 5P-values represent the main effect of the diet, the main effect of the NE challenge, and the interaction between the dietary treatments and NE challenge