Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2019

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Animal Science

Major

Animal Science

First Advisor

Hugo A. Ramirez-Ramirez

Abstract

Mycotoxins can compromise immune function and lead to decreased animal health and productivity. In addition, aflatoxin (AF) can be transferred from the mammary gland to milk as AFM1, a carcinogenic metabolis of AF, thus generating a human food safety concern. Since mycotoxins are ubiquitous in various animal feedstuffs, dietary interventions to prevent their absorption are pertinent.Therefore, we postulated that supplementing a dietary adsorbent would help limit AFM1 in urine and milk. Consequently, objectives were to determine the effects of supplementing a silicoglycidol clay on milk and urine AFM1 concentration, transfer %, and excretion values and to determine the response of inflammatory biomarkers on an AF challenge.

Copyright Owner

Emily Hannele Branstad

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

83 pages

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