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Bacterial and fungal community composition over time in chicken litter with high or low moisture content

Wadud, S. and Michaelsen, A. and Gallagher, E. and Parcsi, G. and Zemb, O. and Stuetz, R. and Manefield, M. (2012) Bacterial and fungal community composition over time in chicken litter with high or low moisture content. British Poultry Science, 53 (5). pp. 561-569. ISSN 0007-1668

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071668.2012.723802

Abstract

1. Changes in bacterial and fungal communities in chicken litter with high and low moisture content over a five week period during a single chicken grow out cycle in a poultry shed in subtropical Australia were investigated to study the association between specific microbes and odour production. 2. Microbial biomass, as indicated by DNA yields, was higher and community composition was more dynamic over time in moist compared with dry chicken litter. 3. Bacillus, Atopostipes and Aspergillus species increased in relative abundance in moist chicken litter samples over time reflecting the relatively high fitness and hence activity of these specific bacteria and this specific fungus in this environment.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Animal culture > Housing and environmental control
Animal culture > Poultry > Chickens
Deposited On:19 Nov 2013 04:29
Last Modified:19 Nov 2013 04:29

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