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Table 9 Effect of BLJ on cecal microbiota α-diversity of the broiler chickens subjected to NE challenge

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

ItemsNE1SimpsonChao 1ACEShannon
BLJ, mg/kg
 00.911747.371807.716.51
 0+0.931625.391656.496.92
 5000.911725.201830.706.70
 500+0.951728.871856.107.19
 SEM2 0.0149.8955.500.14
Main effect
 0 0.921686.381732.106.72
 500 0.931727.031847.906.95
 Non-challenged 0.911736.081819.206.61
 Challenged 0.941677.131760.807.05
P-value3
 BLJ 0.7230.7020.3200.402
 Challenge 0.1790.5790.6130.113
 Challenge×BLJ 0.6790.5560.4230.878
  1. 1NE Co-challenged with Eimeria spp. and Clostridium perfringens; −, without NE challenge; +, with NE challenge
  2. 2SEM standard error of the mean
  3. 3P-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