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Bulletin of the Veterinary Institute in Pulawy

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Effect of a Diet Composed of Genetically Modified Feed Components on the Selected Immune Parameters in Pigs, Cattle, and Poultry

Dariusz Bednarek
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Cattle and Sheep Diseases National Veterinary Research Institute, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
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/ Katarzyna Dudek
  • Department of Cattle and Sheep Diseases National Veterinary Research Institute, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
/ Krzysztof Kwiatek
  • Department of Hygiene of Feedingstuffs, National Veterinary Research Institute, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
/ Małgorzata Świątkiewicz
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, National Research Institute of Animal Production, 32-083 Balice, Poland
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/ Sylwester Świątkiewicz
  • Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, National Research Institute of Animal Production, 32-083 Balice, Poland
/ Juliusz Strzetelski
  • Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, National Research Institute of Animal Production, 32-083 Balice, Poland
Published Online: 2013-06-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bvip-2013-0038


The aim of the study was to evaluate the immune effects of genetically modified (GM), insect resistant corn (MON810) expressing toxin protein of Bacillus thuringiensis, and glyphosate-tolerant soybean meal (Roundup Ready MON-40-30-2), which are used as the feed mixture components in domestic animals. The study was conducted on 60 pigs (36 fatteners and 24 sows), 20 calves, 40 broilers, and 40 laying hens. Each species was divided into four basic nutritional groups: group I (control) - conventional feed, group II - feed consisted of GM soybean meal and non-modified corn, group III - non-modified soybean meal and GM corn, group IV - GM soybean meal and GM corn. Moreover, in the experiment on fatteners two additional groups were formed: group V - animals fed both conventional soybean meal and bruised grain, and group VI - GM soybean meal and conventional bruised grain. The results of study did not reveal any significant effect of feed mixtures containing GM components on the immune response in all animals regardless of their species and technological producing groups.

Keywords : domestic animals; genetically modified feed; immune response

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Published Online: 2013-06-21

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Citation Information: Bulletin of the Veterinary Institute in Pulawy, ISSN (Print) 0042-4870, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bvip-2013-0038.

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