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Short and medium chain fatty acids make a comeback

In vitro work confirms the antimicrobial properties of medium chain fatty acids. Their differential mode of action compared to the better known short chain fatty acids might explain the fact that piglet trials have repeatedly shown synergistic effects of combinations of the two. MCFA appear to be a potent enhancer of the effects of SCFA, even at low inclusion levels.

This article can also be found at Feed Mix, volume 10, no. 6

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