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New research has shown that even low levels of mycotoxins found in animal feed have a direct negative impact on the performance of broiler chickens.   The longitudinal three-year study, a first of its kind in this field, was conducted by Oluwatobi Kolawole at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with agri technology company Devenish. Published in the Toxins journal of July 2020, the study demonstrated the negative effects of low levels of naturally-occurring toxic substances, i.e. mycotoxins found in animal feed, on poultry performance and health.   In a long-term feeding trial to evaluate the effect of low doses of mycotoxin mixtures, 18 consecutive broiler flocks were monitored on performance and feed intake. Photo: Chris McCullough Oluwatobi Kolawole, lead researcher at the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, said: “Mycotoxins are chemicals produced by fungi that can have serious effects on health, performance and the immune system of animals and humans...

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