Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 10, Issue 1,2012
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

The effect of medicinal plants on broilers immunological profile and productive performances


Ducu Sandu Stef 1*, Lavinia Stef 1, Daniela Mot 1, Cecilia Pop 2, Mindru G. Hegedus 1

Recieved Date: 2011-09-18, Accepted Date: 2012-01-05


It was previously reported that medicinal plants have an antimicrobial activity against many bacterial pathogens. We have conducted an in vivo experiment to study the effect of some medicinal herbs and microelements and in particular to investigate the effect of those on the immune level and productive performance. The study was carried out on 210 broilers (ROSS 308) divided in seven experimental groups, respectively, 30 chickens for each experimental lot (LE), during six weeks. The differences between experimental groups were made by the addition of medicinal plants and microelements supplement. The chicken broilers from the experimental groups received feed with 2.0% incorporated from savory (Satureja hortenis) (LE 1), sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)  (LE 2) and willowherb (Epilobium montanum) (LE 3). The experimental groups 4-6 received a mixture of plants (savory, sea-buckthorn and willowherb) and trace elements during daily feeding. The control group (C 7) received normal feed with no supplements. In order to test the immunomodulatory properties serical properdine (17.10-20.67 mg/100 ml serum); lysozyme (9.65-13.60 µg/cm3 serum) and phagocytic index (20.90–26.10) were determined. This work shows that microelements and medicinal plants improve the immune response of broilers.


Immunological profile, seric lizozime, properdine, broilers

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2012
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 434-437

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