Poultry Health & Nutrition

Webinar: Impact of effective probiotics on gut-brain-microbiome axis

December 19, 2023 AP, poultry, webinars
Bacteria have been Earth's original inhabitants for over 3.22 billion years. These microscopic organisms make up our microbiome, living mostly in our gut and exerting remarkable influence on our health. But their role isn't limited to digestion or immunity; they also interact with our brains through an intricate signaling system known as the gut-brain-microbiome axis. For anyone involved in animal agriculture, this connection is vital to understand, as it impacts the physical performance and the well-being of the animals in our care.

Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) serve as the key messengers in this gut-brain dialogue. These important metabolites are produced when our gut microbiome ferments dietary fibers. Not only do they promote gut health, but they also communicate with the brain, influencing cognition and emotions. In fact, research on broiler chickens has revealed that those with a more diversified, SCFA-producing microbiome were not only heavier but also displayed signs of better mental well-being.

Understanding the gut-brain-microbiome axis has transformative implications for animal agriculture. It paves the way for more effective, holistic approaches in animal care that encompass not just physical but also emotional health. In an era focused on sustainable and humane practices, diving deeper into this axis isn't just science; it's a responsibility we owe to the animals and, ultimately, to ourselves.

During this on-demand webinar, you will:

- Discover the groundbreaking science behind the gut-brain-microbiome axis and its pivotal role in animal health and well-being.
- Learn how Short-Chain Fatty Acids act as vital messengers between the gut and the brain, affecting both physical performance and emotional states.
- Gain insights into our latest research studies that show the potential of probiotics in enhancing animal welfare.
- Understand the far-reaching implications of the gut-brain-microbiome axis for veterinarians, nutritionists, and animal caregivers in achieving sustainable and humane practices.
- Equip yourself with actionable knowledge to improve both the productivity and well-being of animals through holistic approaches, including diet optimization and probiotic use.

Dr. Steve Lerner
Senior Scientific and Business Advisor at Chr. Hansen, North America
With over 35 years in the industry, Steve has a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from West Virginia University and a post-doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Genetics from the University of Southern California. He holds an M.S. in Biology/Embryology from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Zoology from University of Maryland.

This webinar was organized in partnership with FEEDSTUFSS and recorded in December 2023.