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Title: Energy values and chemical composition of spirulina (Spirulina platensis) evaluated with broilers
Other Titles: Valores energéticos e composição química da espirulina (Spirulina platensis) avaliada com frangos de corte
Keywords: Non-conventional food
Nutritional value
Alimento não-convencional
Valor nutricional
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Zootecnia
Citation: ALVARENGA, R. R. et al. Energy values and chemical composition of spirulina (Spirulina platensis) evaluated with broilers. Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia, Viçosa, MG, v. 40, n. 5, p. 992-996, 2011.
Abstract: The objective of this study was to determine the chemical and energy composition of spirulina (Spirulina platensis), the nutrient metabolizability coefficients, and the values of apparent metabolizable energy (AME) and the apparent metabolizable energy corrected for nitrogen balance (AMEn) in broilers. A digestibility trial was carried out by using total excreta collection method, with 90 Cobb 500 lineage chicks, with initial weight of 256 ± 5 g at 11 days of age. Birds were allotted in metabolic cages for 10 days, distributed in a completely randomized design, with three treatments and six repetitions with five birds each. Diets consisted on a reference-ration based on corn and soybean meal and two test diets, one containing spirulina (30%) and the other one with soybean meal (30%). Spiruline was superior to soybean meal for contents of dry matter (DM), gross energy (9.60%), crude protein (26.56%), ether extract (54.45%), mineral matter (42.77%), calcium (100%) and total phosphorus (130.77%) and also for most amino acids, except lysine, glutamate, histidine and proline. Nevertheless, spiruline presented lower values of gross fiber (83.95%), acid detergent fiber (85.12%) and neutral detergent fiber (6.15). The AME and AMEn values (kcal/kg of DM) were, respectively, 2,906 and 2,502 for the spirulina and 2,646 and 2,340 for the soybean meal and AMEn of spirulina was 6.92% higher than soybean meal.
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