RESEARCH ARTICLE


The Effects of β-Glucan on Pig Growth and Immunity



Vaclav Vetvicka 1, *, Luca Vannucci 2, Petr Sima 2
1 University of Louisville, Department of Pathology, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
2 Institute of Microbiology, Department of Immunology, Prague, Czech Republic


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Abstract

With increasing amounts of data showing significant immunostimulating effects of glucan, it is not surprising that attention is also focused on commercially farmed animals. Despite marked progress, development of more efficient uses of glucan in pig farming still needs substantial additional research.

Keywords: Glucan, Health, Immunity, Immunostimulation, Nutrition, Pig.