Induced aflatoxicosis and its amelioration by dietary Piper nigrum in broiler chickens: a haemato-biochemical study
D. SAPCOTA, R. ISLAM, A K MEDHI AND M. BORAH
Department of Poultry Science
College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Guwahati - 781022
Email: [email protected]
The effects of dietary Piper nigrum supplementation at graded doses (0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25% of feed) in induced aflatoxicosis were studied using AFB1 @ 300 ppb in broilers. A significant decrease in the levels of Hb, PCV, RBC, protein and cholesterol levels, whereas increases in serum glucose and triglyceride levels were noticed due to aflatoxicosis. The disease also significantly elevated the serum enzyme levels viz., SGOT, SGPT, SGGT and ALP. Among the serum enzymes ALP was the most sensitive whereas, the SGGT was the least sensitive. However, the dietary inclusion of P nigrum, at graded levels showed partial amelioration effect in a dose dependent manner. Among the various doses, the highest level, i.e., @ 0.25% of feed showed the best result. The study revealed that protective effect of P nigrum was only partial.