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Table 6 Alpha diversity parameters in the ileum and cecum (n = 12) at day 34 of the birds fed with the experimental diets (hydroxychloride trace minerals, HTM and sulphate trace minerals, STM) in high and low dosages

From: Hydroxychloride trace minerals have a positive effect on growth performance, carcass quality and impact ileal and cecal microbiota in broiler chickens

Gut section Source Level Observed_OTUS Shannon Evenness Faith_pd
Ileum STM High 43 ± 10ab 2.6 ± 0.6 0.48 ± 0.09 4.0 ± 0.8ab
Low 44 ± 9ab 2.3 ± 0.6 0.43 ± 0.13 4.1 ± 1.2ab
HTM High 50 ± 14a 2.8 ± 0.6 0.50 ± 0.11 4.4 ± 0.9a
Low 39 ± 8b 2.5 ± 0.5 0.48 ± 0.09 3.6 ± 0.7b
P-value main effects Source 0.8602 0.3557 0.4680 0.7085
Level 0.1133 0.1440 0.4100 0.1112
Cecum STM High 288 ± 62 5.6 ± 0.4b 0.69 ± 0.03 18 ± 2b
Low 308 ± 67 5.8 ± 0.4ab 0.70 ± 0.03 19 ± 2ab
HTM High 312 ± 41 5.9 ± 0.3ab 0.71 ± 0.03 19 ± 1ab
Low 327 ± 29 6.0 ± 0.2a 0.71 ± 0.02 20 ± 1a
P-value main effects Source 0.3588 0.0665 0.0990 0.3025
Level 0.1270 0.3325 0.7887 0.0696
  1. a,b Different superscripts inside of each column represents significant differences among treatments per region based on pairwise comparisons (P < 0.05). P-values below 0.1 are bolded