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Table 3 Effect of probiotics dietary supplementation on microbial counts of small intestine and caecum contents of NZW rabbits

From: Probiotics role of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Bacillus subtilis in improving the health status of rabbits’ gastrointestinal tract

Item Experimental groups
R1 R2 R3 R4
Microbial count in small intestine contents
 Escherichia coli (cfu/g) 19.10 × 105 a 3.98 × 104 b 4.45 × 104 b 1.16 × 104 c
 Clostridium perfringens (cfu/g) 8.71 × 105 a 1.12 × 105 b 1.41 × 105 b 2.14 × 104 c
 Lactobacillus spp. (cfu/g) 2.92 × 107 c 5.58 × 107 a 6.25 × 107 a 4.57 × 107 b
Microbial count in caecum contents
 Escherichia coli (cfu/g) 21.30 × 106 a 4.17 × 105 b 6.61 × 105 b 2.57 × 105 c
 Clostridium perfringens (cfu/g) 24.50 × 105 a 5.25 × 105 c 8.91 × 105 b 3.18 × 105 c
 Lactobacillus spp. (cfu/g) 2.14 × 108 c 9.55 × 108 a 6.61 × 108 b 15.10 × 108 a
  1. R1: control; R2: 0.1% S. cerevisiae; R3: 0.1% B. subtilis; R4: 0.05% S. cerevisiae + 0.05% B. subtilis
  2. a, b and c: means in the same row with different superscripts are significantly different at (P ≤ 0.05).