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Table 4 Effects of in ovo feeding of L-arginine on cecal microbial diversity of layer chicks

From: Dynamic alterations in early intestinal development, microbiota and metabolome induced by in ovo feeding of L-arginine in a layer chick model

Item1NCArg6Arg10Pooled SEMP-value
3 d
 Shannon1.77b2.38a2.34a0.08< 0.001
 Simpson0.28a0.18b0.16b0.020.004
 ACE98.23b126.66a111.20ab4.910.041
 Chao194.31b115.66a99.39ab3.810.043
14 d
 Shannon3.373.313.630.090.314
 Simpson0.100.110.070.010.291
 ACE256.11265.12254.815.210.711
 Chao1263.88265.07258.825.450.893
42 d
 Shannon3.483.763.370.100.307
 Simpson0.120.090.110.010.571
 ACE450.28457.42460.075.920.779
 Chao1453.91455.76460.657.220.925
  1. a–bMeans within a row with no common superscripts differ significantly (P < 0.05). Data are the mean of 7 replicates. 1NC, non-injected control group; Arg6, injected with 6 mg L-arginine; Arg10, injected with 10 mg L-arginine