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Table 3 Effects of DF intake level on the development of reproductive tracts in gilts

From: Microbial and metabolomic mechanisms mediating the effects of dietary inulin and cellulose supplementation on porcine oocyte and uterine development

Items Treatments P-value
DF 1.0 DF 1.5 DF 1.75 DF 2.0 Linear Quadratic
BW at laughter, kg 146.7 ± 1.6 145.3 ± 1.8 145.8 ± 3.0 142.3 ± 1.7 0.209 0.549
Weight of uterus, kg 0.80 ± 0.02 0.82 ± 0.02 0.90 ± 0.03 0.84 ± 0.02 0.059 0.380
Relative weight of uterus, g/kg 5.44 ± 0.17b 5.64 ± 0.16ab 6.21 ± 0.22a 5.91 ± 0.14ab 0.017 0.548
Left uterine, cm 99.2 ± 4.3b 107.3 ± 3.3ab 118.2 ± 5.3a 109.2 ± 5.3ab 0.044 0.232
Right uterine, cm 91.8 ± 4.2c 99.3 ± 3.1bc 121.7 ± 6.3a 113.5 ± 6.0ab 0.001 0.660
Left oviduct, g 3.93 ± 0.25 4.02 ± 0.47 5.19 ± 0.36 4.64 ± 0.50 0.087 0.880
Right oviduct, g 3.63 ± 0.22b 4.12 ± 0.54b 5.91 ± 0.30a 4.97 ± 0.38ab 0.002 0.446
Left oviduct, cm 30.5 ± 0.9 33.3 ± 2.6 35.3 ± 1.0 33.8 ± 1.7 0.100 0.400
Right oviduct, cm 30.6 ± 1.1 32.7 ± 2.5 36.5 ± 1.2 33.2 ± 2.1 0.123 0.343
  1. Data are expressed as means ± S.E.; DF, dietary fiber; n = 6; Means with different letters a,b denote P <  0.05