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Endogenous enzyme activities and tibia bone development of broiler chickens fed wheat-based diets supplemented with xylanase, [beta]-glucanase and phytase.


Wheat is an important energy source in poultry diets in many regions of the world, including Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, the nutritive value of wheat is limited by its content of soluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), which are indigestible and impede the digestion of other nutrients. Like most grains, wheat also contains phytate, the main reservoir of phosphorus, which is not digested by birds due to their limited secretion of phytase [1]. The exogenous enzymes that were used in this study, xylanase, [beta]-glucanase, and phytase, are now extensively used as additives in poultry diets and their physical effects are generally well understood, but the mechanisms behind their actions are still being researched. Research results to date have been used to determine or predict the optimum dose of xylanase and [beta]-glucanase enzymes in wheat- and barley-based diets and efforts have been made to set the same for phytase in maize-based diets [2]. Although the efficacy of supplemental carbohydrases, proteases, and phytases in diets of poultry has been well established, there is still a great deal of uncertainty on the mechanisms of action of exogenous enzymes. Several factors can influence the response to combinations of enzymes, ranging from enzyme specificity to the target substrate, dosage, interactions between enzymes, ingredient quality, ingredient composition and age of animals. A number of mechanisms have been proposed to explain the useful effects of glucanase in improving energy and nutrient utilization of wheat-based diets [3]. Possible mechanisms of action of carbohydrases in poultry diets include: improved access of endogenous enzymes to cell contents due to hydrolysis of cell wall arabinoxylans [4], reduction in viscosity and provision of prebiotics to stimulate a more beneficial microbiome. Additionally, they have been shown to augment the endogenous digestive enzymes in young animals. In addition to the use of the conventional xylanase, glucanase, phytase, and more recently, multicarbohydrase preparations, the application of normal digestive tract enzymes has also been proposed [5-8]. Several studies on the impact of nutrient restriction on leg abnormalities have concluded that the reduction in leg problems was mostly due to increased activity in birds at a critical stage in leg bone development [9,10]. Phytase improved the concentrations of Fe and Mg in broiler tibia bone but had no effect on Ca, P, and Zn contents [11], however, Shelton and Southern [12] found that the concentration of Zn in tibia was increased while Fe and Mn levels were not affected by dietary phytase. Other studies, [13,14] reported that phytase improved Zn utilization in broilers. Viveros et al [15] also found that phytase supplementation improved Ca, P, Mg and Zn retention in broilers at three and six weeks of age. Zyla et al [16] reported an improvement in gross performance and utilization of energy by chickens when phytase and xylanase were added to wheat-based diets. However, information on the effect of the impact of these enzymes and their combinations on broiler performance, energy utilization and nutrient digestibility is scarce. The present study was aimed at assessing the endogenous enzyme activities and tibia bone development of broiler chickens fed wheat-based diets supplemented with a combination of xylanase, [beta]-glucanase, and phytase.


Experimental design and management of birds

This experiment was designed to investigate the effects of different levels of phytase, xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase supplements in diets fed to chickens between hatch and 10, 24, or 35 days. The enzyme products (Econase XT 25, Econase GT, and Quantum Blue) used were supplied by AB Vista, Marlborough, UK, while the wheat was obtained from local suppliers in New South Wales, Australia. A 3x2x2 factorial study was conducted using three levels of Quantum Blue; none, low (30 mg/kg) and a superdose (300 mg/kg), and none and optimum levels (100 mg/kg) of both Econase XT 25 and Econase GT. The ingredient and nutrient composition of the diets used are shown in Table 1. The basal diets were identical in ingredient profile and formulated to meet the nutrient specifications of broiler chickens as recommended by Aviagen [17]. A total of 648 male day-old Ross 308 broiler chicks (initial weight, 40.45 [+ or -] 1.05 g) were randomly assigned to 12 treatments, each with six replicates (9 chickens per replicate). Birds were reared in multi-tiered brooder cages and raised in climate-controlled rooms at the Centre for Animal Research and Teaching, University of New England, Australia. Birds had ad libitum access to feed and water over the trial period. The initial brooding temperature was 33[degrees]C; this was gradually reduced to 24[degrees]C [+ or -] 1[degrees]C at 19 days of age and fixed at this level until the end of the experiment. Twenty-four hours of lighting were provided on the first day, then it was reduced to 23 h per day until day 3 after which 18 hours of light were delivered for the remainder of the experiment.

Growth performance

The leftover feed and birds were weighed at 35 days to measure the body weight gain (BWG), feed intake (FI), and feed conversion ratio (FCR). Feed intake, BWG and FCR data were corrected for mortality.

Digestive enzyme analyse

At d 10 and d 24 one bird was randomly selected from each cage, weighed, electrically stunned, killed by cervical dislocation and dissected to obtain 1 to 2 cm of the proximal part of the jejunum and the entire pancreas, which were used to measure the endogenous enzyme activities. Both the jejunum and pancreas were wrapped in labelled aluminum foil and snap-frozen in liquid nitrogen until they were transferred to a freezer storage room (-20[degrees]C) prior to analysis. The jejunum and pancreatic samples were processed according to the method described by Shirazi-Beechey et al [18] and Nitsan et al [19]. Pancreatic and jejunal enzyme activities were measured by incubation with various substrate concentrations as standardized for poultry [20]. The protein content of tissues and the activities of alkaline phosphatase, maltase, and sucrase were analyzed in the jejunal homogenate. The pancreatic tissue protein content and activities of trypsin and chymotrypsin amidase were assessed as previously described [21,22]. Protein concentrations in pancreatic and jejunal samples werp measuoed bo the Co omassie dye-binding procedure [23].

Apparent metabolizable energy

Excreta was collected into trays undernea each cage between 20 and 23 days. These were pooled per cage and used to determine the apparent metabolizable energy (AME). A sub-sample of excreta was analysed for Ti[O.sub.2] and gross energy (GE).

AME was then calculated as: AME = GEi-(GEox[Ti/To]), where GEi is the gross energy (MJ/kg) in feed, GEo is the gross energy (MJ/kg) in excreta, Ti is the concentration of titanium in the diets, and To is the concentration of titanium in the excreta.

Titanium dioxide analysis and ileal digestibility of nutrients

At d 24, two birds were randomly selected from each cage, weighed, electrically stunned, euthanazed using cervical dislocation and dissected. The ileal digesta was gently flushed with distilled water into plastic containers. Digesta samples from each cage were pooled together and then freeze-dried, ground (around 0.5 mm pore size) and stored in air-tight containers at -4[degrees]C before laboratory analysis. Both digesta and diet samples were analyzed for TiO2xxxxxx according to the method described by Short et al [24].

The apparent ileal nutrient digestibility percentage was calculated by the following formula using TiO2xxxxxx as the indigestible marker:

Digestibility % = 1 - Ti[O.sub.2Diet] x [N.sub.Digesta]/[N.sub.Digesta] x [N.sub.Diet] x 100

where [N.sub.Digesta] is the nutrient concentration in digesta (%), Ti[O.sub.2Digesta] is the titanium concentration in digesta (%), [] is Nutrient concentration in diets(%) and Ti[O.sub.2] Diet is the titanium dioxide concentration in feeds(%).

Bone breaking strength

On d 35 the right drumstick was taken from two birds of each replicate and frozen at -20[degrees]C for bone strength analyses. The samples were defrosted and the tibia bone was extracted after adherent muscles, tissues, cartilage caps and fibula were removed manually. Breaking strength of the tibia bone was measured by positioning a 10 mm diameter compression rod against the bones and applying pressure (Lloyd, Hampshire, UK). Breaking strength was recorded as the force required to break the bone and was measured in the range of 0 to 500 N. The entire bones were then dried for 12 h at 105[degrees]C in a forced-air convection oven (Qualtex Universal Series 2000, Watson Victor Ltd, Perth, Australia) and ashed (550[degrees]C for 4 h) in a Carbolite CWF 1200 chamber furnace (Carbolite, Sheffield, UK). The ashed samples were ground and stored at 4 [degrees]C in airtight plastic containers for dry matter (DM) and mineral content analyses.

Animal ethics

The Animal Ethics Committee of the University of New England, Australia approved the study (approval number AEC15-080).

Statistical analyses

The data were statistically analysed using the general linear model procedure of Minitab version 17 software program [25]. Tukey's test was used to compare mean values for significant differences at the p<5% level of probability.


Gross response

Results of FI, BWG, and FCR between one and 35 days of age are shown in Table 2. There was an interaction (p<0.03) between phytase and [beta]-glucanase, which improved the FCR from hatch to 35 d. Feed intake was decreased (p<0.001) with supplementation of optimum level of xylanase. From one to 35 d, birds fed the low dose of phytase had higher BWG compared to the other groups. Supplementing diets with optimum dose of xylanase improved (p = 0.05) BWG during 1 to 35 d. The addition of optimum level of xylanase between one and 35 d resulted in a better (p<0.001) FCR than the control.

Endogenous enzyme activities

Chymotrypsin activity at d 10 was improved (p<0.01) due to an interaction between the three enzyme products. Protein content at d 10 improved (p<0.001) with addition of phytase while general proteolytic activity (GPA) (p<0.02) and lipase activity (p<0.001) decreased with addition of phytase (Table 3). The pancreatic protein content and enzyme activities at d 24 are shown in Table 4. There were increments in protein content (p<0.01) and lipase activity (p<0.04) with supplementation of superdose level of phytase. On the other hand, increasing the supplemented led phytase resulted in a decrease in chymotrypsin (p<0.02), trypsin (p<0.01), and GPA (p<0.001). The optimum dose of xylanase also decreased the chymotrypsin activity (p = 0.05), while optimum level of [beta]-glucanase increased the GPA (p<0.001).

Jejunal enzyme activities at 10 and 24 d of age are presented in Table 5 and 6, respectively. Phytase superdose improved maltase (p = 0.05), sucrase (p<0.001), and alkaline phosphatase (p<0.001) activities at 10 d of age while the low level of phytase addition increased aminopeptidase activity (p<0.005). At d 24, protein content (p<0.001) of the jejunual mucosa and activity of sucrase (p<0.04) were increased by phytase supplementation while maltase activity (p<0.001) was reduced. Aminopeptidase activity peaked (p<0.001) at the low level of phytase. No effects of interactions were observed.

Apparent metabolizable energy and nutrient digestibility

An interaction (p<0.01) between phytase, xylanase and [beta]-glucanase resulted to an improvement in gross energy digestibility. There was an interaction (p<0.01) between phytase and [beta]-glucanase, which resulted in increased starch digestibility. Apparent metabolizable energy increased (p<0.01) when diets were augmented with each of the enzymes, irrespective of the dosage administered (Table 7). There was an improvement in crude protein digestibility with addition of phytase (p<0.001) and optimum level of [beta]-glucanase (p< 0.003), but this was not significant (p>0.05) with xylanase.

Breaking strength and mineral contents of tibia bone

Table 8 shows the effects of the test enzymes on bone strength. Tibia bone breaking strength increased with addition of doses of phytase (p<0.001) and at optimum level of [beta]-glucanase (p<0.04). Bone DM content decreased (p<0.04) when diets were supplemented with phytase. There was no significant in mineral contents of tibia bone.


Gross response

The results showed that the gross performance of broiler chickens was affected by the test enzyme supplements between one and 35 days. This observation could be attributed to the combined action of phytase on phytic acid and xylanase on the xylans as well as the breakdown of glucans by [beta]-glucanase. These enzyme interactions help to increase the digestibility of nutrients in young birds as they lack these enzymes, with a resultant increase in feed conversion. This result has been demonstrated by Peng et al [26] who reported an increase in FI by xylanase supplementation during 1 to 3 weeks of age but the effect was reduced during 4 to 6 weeks. It is well known that phytate negatively affects protein availability and absorption of some minerals [27], and increases mucus production [28] thereby, reducing broiler performance. The use of phytase in broiler diets to degrade phytate and thus release phosphorus and certain other nutrients and improve productivity is a common practice in commercial broiler production [29]. The current results confirm the benefit of feeding a superdose level of phytase as the performance is significantly better than that of those birds fed the low or more conventional levels of phytase.

Endogenous enzyme activities

Phytase supplementation increased the pancreatic protein content and chymotrypsin activity but reduced lipase activity at d 10 while at d 24 this observation changed to a reduction in chymotrypsin activity, an increase in lipase, GPA and total protein content especially with the superdose level of phytase. Increased levels of chymotrypsin at d 10 of age may be reflecting improved gastric digestion due to the reduction of phytate inhibition, enabling greater through-flow of protein and hence a greater demand for pancreatic enzymes. At 24 d of age this effect was reversed, possibly because a larger pancreas is more able to cope and the need for chymotrypsin is no longer the bottleneck when gastric and small intestinal proteolysis is eased with superdose phytase. Fuente et al [30] reported that viscosity of the intestinal contents determined with 30-d-old chickens was negatively related to endogenous [beta]-glucanase activity. The inverse effects on lipase is interesting and may reflect differential changes in the lipolytic capacity of the bird.

Jejunal enzyme activities seem generally to increase with high phytase supplementation in particular at d 10 but this effect is largely lost at d 24 with the exception of sucrase activity. According to Pinheiro et al [31] a complex enzymes supplementation had an through an interaction effect resulted in improved enzyme activity and nutrient digestibility immediately after a feed restriction period from 7 to 14 d. There is marked effects of phytase superdosing on jejunal alkaline phosphatase at 10 d. This enzyme plays a critical role in intestinal integrity and reduction of inflammatory responses. Further, it is thought to dephosphorylate myo-inositol monophosphate ([IP.sub.1]) [32], the end product of phytase activity, which might explain why it is so responsive to phytase superdosing. If [IP.sub.1], as a substrate, induces alkaline phosphatase activity then this may partly explain the performance benefits noted with superdosing phytase. Reports of studies on endogenous enzyme activities in broilers fed wheat-based diets supplemented with phytase are limited. However, the change may be a reflection of an impact on endogenous enzymes. The test enzymes tended to accentuate rather than reduce the activities of the endogenous enzymes. It is difficult to compare the present study to previous studies because this study used different doses of carbohydrases and phytase and there is a need to do more research in this area.

Apparent metabolizable energy and nutrient digestibility

Apparent metabolizable energy improved with supplementation of phytase, xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase. The action of these enzymes on anti-nutrients such as NSP, phytic acid, and other factors, although not directly measured, might be the main reason behind the improvement in the AME and the fact that these were independent main effects suggests they are additive and possibly working through different mechanisms. This result agree with the finding of Wu et al [33] who observed that the use of phytase and xylanase increased the AME and digestibility of nutrients in wheat-based diets for broilers. [beta]-Glucanase was also shown to improve the AME in this study. It is noteworthy that the effect of phytase was considerably larger than that of either the xylanase or [beta]-glucanase alone. Bedford [2] reported that large influxes of digestive enzymes, bile acids, lecithin and lysozyme are a challenge to gut microbes such that the duodenum is largely devoid of bacteria.

Phytase addition improved protein digestibility, as has been previously reported [2,34] who indicated that adding phytase to broiler diets improves the digestibility of protein and amino acids. The positive effect of xylanase on protein digestibility has also been reported [33]. Individual effects of xylanase on starch digestibility and all three enzymes on gross energy were observed in this study. Ravindran et al [35] reported that energy digestibility was improved by dietary phytase supplementation, while Liu et al [36] demonstrated that adding xylanase to wheat-based diets reduced the intestinal mucosal viscosity and improved the digestibility of energy and starch in broiler chickens. [beta]-Glucanase has been observed to improve energy and starch digestibility when supplemented alone or combined with xylanase and/or phytase to wheat and barley-based diets [33, 37, 38].

In the current study, more than two interactions were noticed between the three test enzymes on digestibility of arginine, threonine, leucine, and lysine. Phytase and [beta]-glucanase supplementation increased the digestibility of almost all the measured amino acids but the benefit of the phytase was markedly greater. These results are in line with the improvement in protein digestibility, which was previously highlighted. It has been shown that phytate-protein bonds are insoluble and less responsive to proteolytic enzymes than protein alone [39]. This binding could reduce the solubility and therefore, digestibility of proteins and amino acids.

Bone breaking strength and mineral content of tibia bone

Tibia bone breaking strength was improved with the addition of phytase or [beta]-glucanase. The test enzymes had no effect on the mineral contents of the bones in the present study, suggesting that the beneficial effect on breaking strength may be due to change in bone matrix rather than mineralisation. It has been reported that adding phytase to broiler chicken diets results in a marked improvement in the utilization of phytate phosphorus as measured by bone ash, and bone strength [40]. Bone density is considered to reflect bone mineral content. However, many recent studies have shown that the mineral density can be contingent upon the chemical organic matrix of bones [41].


The test microbial enzymes (phytase, xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase) in wheat-based diets especially at superdose level in the case of phytase, improved the utilization of several enzyme activities that was assessed in the present study. Furthermore, supplementation of phytase, xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase improved gross performance, possibly through increased nutrient digestibility as well as improved breaking strength of the tibia bone. The inclusion of a superdose level of phytase has even more benefits, although the economics of use of such a dose has not been evaluated.

Submitted Nov 15, 2019; Revised Jan 14, 2020; Accepted Mar 26, 2020


We certify that there is no conflict of interest with any financial organization regarding the material discussed in the manuscript. Bedford MR is an employee of AB Vista.


The first author acknowledges the Saudi Arabian government for providing a scholarship. We are grateful to AB Vista, UK for providing research funds. We also express our sincere gratitude to the staff of Centre for Animal Research and Teaching (CART), University of New England, Australia for helping with the management of chickens during the study period.


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Mohammed Al-Qahtani (1,2) * Emmanuel Uchenna Ahiwe (1), Medani Eldow Abdallh (1), Edwin Peter Chang'a (1), Harriet Gausi (1), Michael R Bedford (3), and Paul Ade Iji (1, 4) *

* Corresponding Authors:

Mohammed Al-Qahtani Tel: +61-424820161, Fax: +61-2-6773-2769, E-mail:

Paul Ade Iji Tel: +679-9927767, Fax: +679-3400275, E-mail:

(1) School of Environmental and Rural Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales 2351, Australia

(2) Ministry of Education, Riyadh, 12435, Saudi Arabia

(3) AB Vista, 3 Woodstock Court, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 4AN, UK

(4) College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Fiji National University, P.O. Box 1544, Nausori, Fiji


Mohammed Al-Qahtani

Emmanuel Uchenna Ahiwe

Medani Eldow Abdallh

Edwin Peter Chang'a

Harriet Gausi

Michael R Bedford

Paul Ade Iji
Table 1. Ingredient and nutrient composition of diets fed

Items                        Starter (1)   Grower (1)   Finisher (1)

Ingredient composition (%)
  Wheat                        60.45        64.13        68.28
  Soybean meal                 29.41        22.78        19.53
  Meat and bone meal           3.001        5.00         4.00
  Canola oil                    3.58        4.50         5.49
  Limestone                    0.941        0.66         0.73
  Dicalcium phosphate           1.16        0.54         0.70
  Salt                         0.111        0.08         0.10
  Na bicar (b)                  0.20        0.20          0.2
  TiO2xxxxxx                         0.001        0.50         0.00
  Vit-mineral premix (2)        0.20        0.20         0.20
  Choline Cl 70%               0.051        0.05         0.05
  L-lysine                      0.33        0.86         0.29
  DL-methionine                0.361        0.32         0.28
  L-threonine                   0.21        0.18         0.15
  Total                         100          100          100
Nutrient composition (%)
  ME (MJ/kg)                   12.55        12.97        13.40
  Crude protein                23.00        21.50        19.50
  Crude fat                    5.511        6.55         7.47
  Crude fibre                   2.49        2.41         2.37
  Arginine                      1.37        1.23         1.09
  Lysine                        1.28        1.17         1.02
  Methionine                   0.651        0.58         0.52
  Methionine+cysteine           0.95        0.87         0.80
  Tryptophan                   0.261        0.23         0.21
  Isoleucine                   0.911        0.82         0.75
  Threonine                     0.86        0.77         0.68
  Valine                        1.01        0.93         0.85
  Calcium                       0.96        0.87         0.84
  Available P                  0.481        0.43         0.39
  Sodium                       0.161        0.16         0.16
  Potassium                    0.941        0.82         0.74
  Chlorine                     0.211        0.31         0.20
  Choline (mg/kg)              1,700        1,600        1,500
  Linoleic                      1.71        1.92         2.17

ME, metabolizable energy.

(1) Starter, grower, and finisher were each one are 12 treatments 3
levels of phytase, 2 levels of both xylanase and [beta]-glucanase.

(2) The active ingredients contained in the vitamin-mineral premix
were as follows (per kg of diet): vitamin A 12,000 IU, vitamin D3
3,500 IU, vitamin E 30.0 mg, vitamin xxxxxxK3 2.0 mg, thiamine 2 mg,
riboflavin6mg,pyridoxine 5 mg, vitamin xxxxxxB12 0.02 mg, niacin 50 mg,
pantothenate 12 mg, biotin 0[beta]01 mg, folic acid 2 mg, Fe 60 mg,
Zn 60 mg,Mn 80 mg,Cu 8mg,Se 0[beta]1 mg, Mo 1 mg, Co 0[beta]3 mg, I
1 mg.

Table 2. Gross response of birds on diets containing different
levels of phytase, xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase fed between
hatch and 35 d of age

Enzymes levels                                            FI

Phytase                  Xylanase   [beta]-glucanase    1-35 d
  None                   None       None                 3.56
                         Optimum    None                 3.33
                         None       Optimum              3.57
                         Optimum    Optimum              3.36
  Low                    None       None                 3.62
                         Optimum    None                 3.54
                         None       Optimum              3.62
                         Optimum    Optimum              3.45
  Superdose              None       None                 3.55
                         Optimum    None                 3.34
                         None       Optimum              3.54
                         Optimum    Optimum              3.46
SEM                                                      24.60
Main effects
  None                                                   3.46
  Low                                                    3.56
  Superdose                                              3.47
                         None                          3.58 (a)
                         Optimum                       3.41 (b)
                                    None                 3.49
                                    Optimum              3.50
Source of variation
  Phytase                                                0.17
  Xylanase                                               0.001
  [beta]-glucanase                                       0.85
  Phytase x xylanase                                     0.71
  Phytase x                                              0.64
  Xylanase x                                             0.84
  Phytase x xylanase x                                   0.65

Enzymes levels                                            BWG

Phytase                  Xylanase   [beta]-glucanase    1-35 d
  None                   None       None                 2.37
                         Optimum    None                 2.41
                         None       Optimum              2.43
                         Optimum    Optimum              2.43
  Low                    None       None                 2.47
                         Optimum    None                 2.51
                         None       Optimum              2.48
                         Optimum    Optimum              2.59
  Superdose              None       None                 2.51
                         Optimum    None                 2.53
                         None       Optimum              2.39
                         Optimum    Optimum              2.53
SEM                                                      15.20
Main effects
  None                                                 2.41 (b)
  Low                                                  2.51 (a)
  Superdose                                            2.49 (ab)
                         None                          2.44 (b)
                         Optimum                       2.50 (a)
                                    None                 2.47
                                    Optimum              2.47
Source of variation
  Phytase                                                0.02
  Xylanase                                               0.05
  [beta]-glucanase                                       0.82
  Phytase x xylanase                                     0.62
  Phytase x                                              0.29
  Xylanase x                                             0.38
  Phytase x xylanase x                                   0.46

Enzymes levels                                            FCR

Phytase                  Xylanase   [beta]-glucanase     1-35 d
  None                   None       None                1.50 (a)
                         Optimum    None               1.38 (abc)
                         None       Optimum            1.47 (ab)
                         Optimum    Optimum            1.39 (abc)
  Low                    None       None               1.46 (ab)
                         Optimum    None               1.41 (abc)
                         None       Optimum            1.46 (ab)
                         Optimum    Optimum             1.33 (c)
  Superdose              None       None               1.42 (abc)
                         Optimum    None                1.32 (c)
                         None       Optimum            1.48 (ab)
                         Optimum    Optimum            1.37 (bc)
SEM                                                      0.009
Main effects
  None                                                    1.43
  Low                                                     1.42
  Superdose                                               1.40
                         None                           1.46 (a)
                         Optimum                        1.37 (b)
                                    None                  1.42
                                    Optimum               1.42
Source of variation
  Phytase                                                 0.13
  Xylanase                                               0.001
  [beta]-glucanase                                        0.98
  Phytase x xylanase                                      0.93
  Phytase x                                               0.03
  Xylanase x                                              0.53
  Phytase x xylanase x                                    0.27

Values are means of 6 replicates (9 birds from each cage).

FI, feed intake; BWG, body weight gain; FCR, feed conversion ratio
(kg feed:kg body weight gain); SEM, standard error of means.

(a-c) Mean values with different superscripts within the columns are
different (p<0.05).

Table 3. Effect of diets containing different levels of phytase,
xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase on pancreatic protein concentration
(mg/g tissue) and enzyme activities ([micro]mol/mg protein/min)
(10 days of age)

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-      Protein     ChymoT
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None          88.3      3.10 (b)
                       Optimum    None          84.2      4.00 (ab)
                       None       Optimum       80.0      4.30 (a)
                       Optimum    Optimum       88.4      2.80 (b)
Low                    None       None          107.5     4.00 (ab)
                       Optimum    None          107.0     3.30 (ab)
                       None       Optimum       108.4     3.20 (ab)
                       Optimum    Optimum       106.1     4.30 (a)
Superdose              None       None          104.7     4.70 (a)
                       Optimum    None          99.3      4.30 (a)
                       None       Optimum       109.8     4.20 (a)
                       Optimum    Optimum       114.7     4.70 (a)
SEM                                             1.93        0.14
Main effects
  None                                        85.2 (b)    3.50 (b)
  Low                                         107.3 (a)   3.70 (ab)
  Superdose                                   107.1 (a)   4.40 (a)
                       None                     99.8        3.90
                       Optimum                  100.0       3.90
                                  None          98.5        3.90
                                  Optimum       101.3       3.90
Source of variation
  Phytase                                       0.001       0.02
  Xylanase                                      0.96        0.95
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.38        0.92
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.89        0.71
  Phytase x                                     0.22        0.97
  Xylanase x                                    0.26        0.85
  Phytase x                                     0.59        0.01
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-     Trypsin      GPA
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None         3.80       0.75
                       Optimum    None         4.00       0.77
                       None       Optimum      4.20       0.87
                       Optimum    Optimum      4.00       0.70
Low                    None       None         3.80       0.70
                       Optimum    None         3.10       0.68
                       None       Optimum      3.20       0.70
                       Optimum    Optimum      3.60       0.70
Superdose              None       None         4.20       0.77
                       Optimum    None         4.10       0.74
                       None       Optimum      4.10       0.74
                       Optimum    Optimum       3.6       0.75
SEM                                            0.12       0.01
Main effects
  None                                         4.00     0.77 (a)
  Low                                          3.50     0.70 (b)
  Superdose                                    4.00     0.75 (ab)
                       None                    3.90       0.75
                       Optimum                 3.80       0.73
                                  None         3.80       0.74
                                  Optimum      3.80       0.74
Source of variation
  Phytase                                      0.10       0.02
  Xylanase                                     0.56       0.19
  [beta]-Glucanase                             0.87       0.72
  Phytase x xylanase                           0.95       0.30
  Phytase x                                    0.65       0.83
  Xylanase x                                   0.86       0.34
  Phytase x                                    0.37       0.08
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-      Lipase
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None          7.20
                       Optimum    None          7.50
                       None       Optimum       7.70
                       Optimum    Optimum       6.80
Low                    None       None          6.30
                       Optimum    None          5.90
                       None       Optimum       6.20
                       Optimum    Optimum       6.80
Superdose              None       None          5.30
                       Optimum    None          5.50
                       None       Optimum       5.80
                       Optimum    Optimum       5.40
SEM                                             0.13
Main effects
  None                                        7.30 (a)
  Low                                         6.30 (b)
  Superdose                                   5.50 (c)
                       None                     6.40
                       Optimum                  6.30
                                  None          6.30
                                  Optimum       6.50
Source of variation
  Phytase                                      0.001
  Xylanase                                      0.59
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.38
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.72
  Phytase x                                     0.44
  Xylanase x                                    0.41
  Phytase x                                     0.06
    xylanase x

Values are means of 6 replicates (one bird per cage).

ChymoT, chymotrypsin; GPA, general proteolytic activity; SEM,
standard error of means.

(a-c) Mean values with different superscripts within the columns
are different (p<0.05).

Table 4. Effect of diets containing different levels of phytase,
xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase on pancreatic protein concentration
(mg/g tissue) and enzyme activities (pmol/mg protein/min) (24
days of age)

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-      Protein     ChymoT
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None          122.5       3.20
                       Optimum    None          99.9        2.70
                       None       Optimum       94.1        3.10
                       Optimum    Optimum       101.8       2.40
Low                    None       None          112.1       2.30
                       Optimum    None          105.2       2.60
                       None       Optimum       109.1       3.20
                       Optimum    Optimum       111.1       2.40
Superdose              None       None          121.7       2.40
                       Optimum    None          135.3       2.20
                       None       Optimum       132.5       2.30
                       Optimum    Optimum       126.1       2.10
SEM                                             2.68        0.09
Main effects
  None                                        104.6 (b)   2.90 (a)
  Low                                         109.4 (b)   2.60 (ab)
  Superdose                                   128.9 (a)   2.30 (b)
                       None                     115.3     2.80 (a)
                       Optimum                  113.2     2.40 (b)
                                  None          116.1       2.60
                                  Optimum       112.5       2.60
Source of variation
  Phytase                                       0.001       0.02
  Xylanase                                      0.67        0.05
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.45        0.84
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.65        0.64
  Phytase x                                     0.38        0.42
  Xylanase x                                    0.51        0.26
  Phytase x                                     0.11        0.34

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-      Trypsin       GPA
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None          3.10        0.52
                       Optimum    None          3.10        0.54
                       None       Optimum       2.80        0.60
                       Optimum    Optimum       2.40        0.60
Low                    None       None          2.20        0.50
                       Optimum    None          2.70        0.50
                       None       Optimum       2.90        0.57
                       Optimum    Optimum       2.20        0.56
Superdose              None       None          2.40        0.50
                       Optimum    None          2.20        0.48
                       None       Optimum       2.50        0.49
                       Optimum    Optimum       2.30        0.51
SEM                                             0.08        0.08
Main effects
  None                                        2.90 (a)    0.56 (a)
  Low                                         2.50 (ab)   0.53 (ab)
  Superdose                                   2.40 (b)    0.49 (b)
                       None                     2.70        0.53
                       Optimum                  2.50        0.53
                                  None          2.60      0.51 (b)
                                  Optimum        2.5      0.55 (a)
Source of variation
  Phytase                                       0.01        0.001
  Xylanase                                      0.28        0.81
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.52        0.001
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.97        0.89
  Phytase x                                     0.14        0.22
  Xylanase x                                    0.10        0.93
  Phytase x                                     0.19        0.58

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-      Lipase
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None          4.40
                       Optimum    None          4.20
                       None       Optimum       4.30
                       Optimum    Optimum       4.30
Low                    None       None          4.20
                       Optimum    None          4.10
                       None       Optimum       4.40
                       Optimum    Optimum       4.50
Superdose              None       None          5.20
                       Optimum    None          4.50
                       None       Optimum       5.10
                       Optimum    Optimum       4.50
SEM                                             0.09
Main effects
  None                                        4.30 (b)
  Low                                         4.30 (b)
  Superdose                                   4.80 (a)
                       None                     4.60
                       Optimum                  4.40
                                  None          4.40
                                  Optimum       4.50
Source of variation
  Phytase                                       0.04
  Xylanase                                      0.19
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.69
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.47
  Phytase x                                     0.70
  Xylanase x                                    0.64
  Phytase x                                     1.00
    xylanase x

Values are means of 6 replicates (one bird per cage).

ChymoT, chymotrypsin; GPA, general proteolytic activity; SEM,
standard error of means.

(a, b) Mean values with different superscripts within the columns
are different (p<0.05).

Table 5. Effect of diets containing different levels of phytase,
xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase on jejunual protein concentration
(mg/g tissue) and enzyme activities (pmol/mg protein/min) in
jejunum (10 days of age)

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-     Protein   Maltase
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None         53.9       0.68
                       Optimum    None         56.0       0.72
                       None       Optimum      53.8       0.66
                       Optimum    Optimum      53.4       0.79
Low                    None       None         53.7       0.79
                       Optimum    None         51.7       0.80
                       None       Optimum      60.5       0.71
                       Optimum    Optimum      54.8       0.86
Superdose              None       None         58.9       0.82
                       Optimum    None         55.8       0.80
                       None       Optimum      55.6       0.85
                       Optimum    Optimum      57.2       0.79
SEM                                            1.21       0.02
Main effects
  None                                         54.3     0.72 (b)
  Low                                          55.2     0.79 (b)
  Superdose                                    56.9     0.82 (a)
                       None                    56.1       0.75
                       Optimum                 54.8       0.79
                                  None         55.0       0.77
                                  Optimum      55.9       0.78
Source of variation
  Phytase                                      0.70       0.05
  Xylanase                                     0.63       0.26
  [beta]-Glucanase                             0.73       0.82
  Phytase x xylanase                           0.74       0.24
  Phytase x                                    0.53       0.90
  Xylanase x                                   0.92       0.37
  Phytase x                                    0.77       0.51
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-     Sucrase       AP
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None          0.06       0.56
                       Optimum    None          0.07       0.59
                       None       Optimum       0.06       0.56
                       Optimum    Optimum       0.07       0.59
Low                    None       None          0.09       0.70
                       Optimum    None          0.11       0.73
                       None       Optimum       0.08       0.57
                       Optimum    Optimum       0.10       0.80
Superdose              None       None          0.10       0.74
                       Optimum    None          0.11       0.86
                       None       Optimum       0.13       0.89
                       Optimum    Optimum       0.10       0.79
SEM                                            0.004       0.03
Main effects
  None                                        0.07 (c)   0.58 (b)
  Low                                         0.09 (b)   0.70 (ab)
  Superdose                                   0.11 (a)   0.82 (a)
                       None                     0.09       0.67
                       Optimum                  0.09       0.73
                                  None          0.90       0.70
                                  Optimum       0.90       0.70
Source of variation
  Phytase                                      0.001       0.001
  Xylanase                                      0.23       0.27
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.93       0.93
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.10       0.54
  Phytase x                                     0.28       0.86
  Xylanase x                                    0.15       0.97
  Phytase x                                     0.26       0.23
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-       APP
                       levels     glucanase

None                   None       None          4.10
                       Optimum    None          3.40
                       None       Optimum       3.60
                       Optimum    Optimum       4.00
Low                    None       None          4.80
                       Optimum    None          4.50
                       None       Optimum       3.80
                       Optimum    Optimum       4.60
Superdose              None       None          3.70
                       Optimum    None          3.80
                       None       Optimum       3.70
                       Optimum    Optimum       3.70
SEM                                             0.10
Main effects
  None                                        3.80 (b)
  Low                                         4.40 (a)
  Superdose                                   3.70 (b)
                       None                     4.00
                       Optimum                  4.00
                                  None          4.00
                                  Optimum       3.9
Source of variation
  Phytase                                      0.005
  Xylanase                                      0.92
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.46
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.79
  Phytase x                                     0.51
  Xylanase x                                    0.08
  Phytase x                                     0.35
    xylanase x

Values are means of 6 replicates (one bird per cage).

AP alkaline phosphatase; APP aminopeptidase; SEM, standard
error of means.

(a-c) Mean values with different superscripts within the columns
are different (p<0.05).

Table 6. Effect of diets containing different levels of phytase,
xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase on jejunual protein concentration
(mg/g tissue) and enzyme activities ([micro]mol/mg protein/min)
in jejunum (24 days of age)

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-      Protein    Maltase
                       levels     Glucanase

None                   None       None          83.3        0.56
                       Optimum    None          93.2        0.61
                       None       Optimum       89.2        0.65
                       Optimum    Optimum       83.7        0.58
Low                    None       None          87.5        0.59
                       Optimum    None          84.6        0.53
                       None       Optimum       88.2        0.60
                       Optimum    Optimum       81.7        0.60
Superdose              None       None          111.5       0.50
                       Optimum    None          113.3       0.48
                       None       Optimum       122.6       0.46
                       Optimum    Optimum       111.4       0.48
SEM                                             2.97        0.01
Main effects
  None                                        87.4 (b)    0.60 (a)
  Low                                         85.5 (b)    0.58 (a)
  Superdose                                   114.7 (a)   0.48 (b)
                       None                     97.0        0.56
                       Optimum                  94.6        0.55
                                  None          95.6        0.54
                                  Optimum       96.1        0.56
Source of variation
  Phytase                                       0.001      0.001
  Xylanase                                      0.66        0.53
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.92        0.42
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.83        0.83
  Phytase x                                     0.87        0.54
  Xylanase x                                    0.33        0.73
  Phytase x                                     0.90        0.20
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-      Sucrase     AP
                       levels     Glucanase

None                   None       None          0.06      0.26
                       Optimum    None          0.05      0.19
                       None       Optimum       0.05      0.25
                       Optimum    Optimum       0.06      0.26
Low                    None       None          0.06      0.25
                       Optimum    None          0.06      0.29
                       None       Optimum       0.06      0.25
                       Optimum    Optimum       0.06      0.29
Superdose              None       None          0.06      0.21
                       Optimum    None          0.06      0.22
                       None       Optimum       0.06      0.24
                       Optimum    Optimum       0.06      0.25
SEM                                             0.001     0.01
Main effects
  None                                        0.05 (b)    0.24
  Low                                         0.06 (a)    0.27
  Superdose                                   0.06 (ab)   0.23
                       None                     0.06      0.24
                       Optimum                  0.06      0.25
                                  None          0.06      0.24
                                  Optimum       0.06      0.26
Source of variation
  Phytase                                       0.04      0.38
  Xylanase                                      0.67      0.83
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.86      0.37
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.98      0.49
  Phytase x                                     0.87      0.86
  Xylanase x                                    0.30      0.67
  Phytase x                                     0.56      0.75
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-       APP
                       levels     Glucanase

None                   None       None          1.25
                       Optimum    None          1.13
                       None       Optimum       1.24
                       Optimum    Optimum       1.19
Low                    None       None          1.44
                       Optimum    None          1.27
                       None       Optimum       1.36
                       Optimum    Optimum       1.39
Superdose              None       None          1.10
                       Optimum    None          1.02
                       None       Optimum       1.03
                       Optimum    Optimum       1.11
SEM                                             0.03
Main effects
  None                                        1.20 (b)
  Low                                         1.37 (a)
  Superdose                                   1.06 (b)
                       None                     1.24
                       Optimum                  1.18
                                  None          1.20
                                  Optimum       1.22
Source of variation
  Phytase                                      0.001
  Xylanase                                      0.29
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.68
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.77
  Phytase x                                     0.99
  Xylanase x                                    0.16
  Phytase x                                     0.88
    xylanase x

Values are means of 6 replicates (one bird per cage).

AR alkaline phosphatase; APR aminopeptidase; SEM, standard
error of means.

(a, b) Mean values with different superscripts within the
columns are different (p<0.05).

Table 7. Apparent metabolizable energy and ileal nutrient
digestibility of birds on diets supplemented with different
levels of phytase, xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase (24 days
of age)

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-        AME       Protein
                       levels     Glucanase

None                   None       None          13.51       81.07
                       Optimum    None          13.73       80.09
                       None       Optimum       13.96       82.70
                       Optimum    Optimum       14.00       82.14
Low                    None       None          14.10       82.60
                       Optimum    None          14.14       84.83
                       None       Optimum       14.26       86.04
                       Optimum    Optimum       14.44       85.21
Superdose              None       None          14.96       86.37
                       Optimum    None          15.02       88.24
                       None       Optimum       15.06       87.92
                       Optimum    Optimum       15.40       87.69
SEM                                             0.07        0.40
Main effects
  None                                        13.80 (c)   81.50 (c)
  Low                                         14.23 (b)   84.67 (b)
  Superdose                                   15.11 (a)   87.55 (a)
                       None                   14.30 (b)     84.45
                       Optimum                14.46 (a)     84.70
                                  None        14.25 (b)   83.87 (b)
                                  Optimum     14.51 (a)   85.28 (a)
Source of variation
  Phytase                                       0.001       0.001
  Xylanase                                      0.01        0.58
  [beta]-Glucanase                              0.001       0.003
  Phytase x xylanase                            0.70        0.29
  Phytase x                                     0.58        0.36
  Xylanase x                                    0.57        0.09
  Phytase x                                     0.33        0.28
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase   [beta]-         GE          Starch
                       levels     Glucanase

None                   None       None         76.54 (d)    95.75 (ab)
                       Optimum    None         75.36 (d)    94.95 (ab)
                       None       Optimum      77.07 (d)    95.26 (ab)
                       Optimum    Optimum     81.19 (bc)    95.97 (ab)
Low                    None       None         76.49 (d)    94.24 (b)
                       Optimum    None        81.25 (bc)    95.07 (ab)
                       None       Optimum     82.67 (abc)   96.69 (a)
                       Optimum    Optimum     81.68 (abc)   96.34 (ab)
Superdose              None       None         81.11 (c)    96.93 (a)
                       Optimum    None         85.79 (a)    96.93 (a)
                       None       Optimum     84.48 (ab)    96.89 (a)
                       Optimum    Optimum      84.89 (a)    96.79 (a)
SEM                                              1.00          1.00
Main effects
  None                                         77.54 (c)    95.48 (b)
  Low                                          80.52 (b)    95.59 (b)
  Superdose                                    83.79 (a)    96.89 (a)
                       None                    79.73 (b)      95.96
                       Optimum                 81.51 (a)      96.01
                                  None         79.24 (b)    95.64 (b)
                                  Optimum      82.00 (a)    96.32 (a)
Source of variation
  Phytase                                        0.001        0.001
  Xylanase                                       0.001         0.86
  [beta]-Glucanase                               0.001         0.01
  Phytase x xylanase                             0.85          0.87
  Phytase x                                      0.23          0.01
  Xylanase x                                     0.13          0.89
  Phytase x                                      0.001         0.10
    xylanase x

Values are means of 6 replicates (2 birds from each cage) and for
AME (8 birds from each cage).

AME, apparent metabolizable energy; GE, gross energy; SEM, standard
error of means.

(a-d) Mean values with different superscripts within the columns are
different (p<0.05).

Table 8. Breaking strength and mineral contents of tibia bone on
35-day old chicks fed wheat-based diets supplemented with phytase,
xylanase, and [beta]-glucanase

Phytase levels         Xylanase      [beta]-        BreakStr
                       levels        glucanase   (kg/[mm.sup.2])

None                   None          None             330.0
                       Optimum       None             361.0
                       None          Optimum          361.0
                       Optimum       Optimum          391.5
Low                    None          None             377.2
                       Optimum       None             402.3
                       None          Optimum          405.3
                       Optimum       Optimum          408.8
Superdose              None          None             396.9
                       Optimum       None             405.3
                       None          Optimum          406.9
                       Optimum       Optimum          412.7
SEM                                                   5.06
Main effects
  None                                              360.9 (b)
  Low                                               398.4 (a)
  Superdose                                         405.6 (a)
                       None                           379.6
                       Optimum                        397.0
                                     None           378.9 (b)
                                     Optimum        397.7 (a)
Source of variation
  Phytase                                             0.001
  Xylanase                                            0.06
  [beta]-Glucanase                                    0.04
  Phytase x xylanase                                  0.56
  Phytase x                                           0.80
  Xylanase x                                          0.64
  Phytase x                                           0.87
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase      [beta]-      DM (%)    Ash (%)
                       levels        glucanase

None                   None          None          69.6      49.7
                       Optimum       None          68.8      49.4
                       None          Optimum       70.0      49.5
                       Optimum       Optimum       68.9      49.8
Low                    None          None          67.8      49.5
                       Optimum       None          66.1      50.0
                       None          Optimum       67.2      49.4
                       Optimum       Optimum       66.5      49.6
Superdose              None          None          68.7      49.4
                       Optimum       None          66.1      49.7
                       None          Optimum       66.9      50.1
                       Optimum       Optimum       65.6      49.9
SEM                                                0.44      0.08
Main effects
  None                                           69.3 (a)    49.6
  Low                                            66.9 (b)    49.6
  Superdose                                      66.8 (b)    49.8
                       None                        68.4      49.6
                       Optimum                     67.0      49.7
                                     None          67.8      49.6
                                     Optimum       67.5      49.7
Source of variation
  Phytase                                          0.04      0.57
  Xylanase                                         0.13      0.44
  [beta]-Glucanase                                 0.70      0.48
  Phytase x xylanase                               0.89      0.51
  Phytase x                                        0.80      0.24
  Xylanase x                                       0.71      0.98
  Phytase x                                        0.93      0.35
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase      [beta]-     Ca (%)   P (%)
                       levels        glucanase

None                   None          None         37.2    16.5
                       Optimum       None         37.6    16.6
                       None          Optimum      37.2    16.5
                       Optimum       Optimum      37.1    16.4
Low                    None          None         37.4    16.6
                       Optimum       None         37.5    16.6
                       None          Optimum      37.1    16.4
                       Optimum       Optimum      36.9    16.4
Superdose              None          None         36.8    16.1
                       Optimum       None         37.2    16.5
                       None          Optimum      37.2    16.6
                       Optimum       Optimum      36.7    16.3
SEM                                               0.11    0.05
Main effects
  None                                            37.3    16.5
  Low                                             37.2    16.5
  Superdose                                       37.0    16.4
                       None                       37.1    16.5
                       Optimum                    37.2    16.5
                                     None         37.3    16.5
                                     Optimum      37.0    16.4
Source of variation
  Phytase                                         0.54    0.72
  Xylanase                                        0.94    0.98
  [beta]-Glucanase                                0.30    0.73
  Phytase x xylanase                              0.93    0.99
  Phytase x                                       0.71    0.41
  Xylanase x                                      0.21    0.21
  Phytase x                                       0.83    0.42
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase      [beta]-     Mg (%)   K (%)
                       levels        glucanase

None                   None          None         0.81    0.59
                       Optimum       None         0.82    0.59
                       None          Optimum      0.80    0.61
                       Optimum       Optimum      0.81    0.57
Low                    None          None         0.84    0.56
                       Optimum       None         0.83    0.60
                       None          Optimum      0.81    0.55
                       Optimum       Optimum      0.80    0.59
Superdose              None          None         0.81    0.57
                       Optimum       None         0.82    0.60
                       None          Optimum      0.83    0.61
                       Optimum       Optimum      0.82    0.61
SEM                                              0.003    0.01
Main effects
  None                                            0.81    0.59
  Low                                             0.82    0.58
  Superdose                                       0.82    0.60
                       None                       0.82    0.58
                       Optimum                    0.82    0.59
                                     None         0.82    0.58
                                     Optimum      0.81    0.59
Source of variation
  Phytase                                         0.41    0.58
  Xylanase                                        0.91    0.43
  [beta]-Glucanase                                0.09    0.74
  Phytase x xylanase                              0.43    0.27
  Phytase x                                       0.15    0.63
  Xylanase x                                      0.49    0.59
  Phytase x                                       0.76    0.88
    xylanase x

Phytase levels         Xylanase      [beta]-     S (%)
                       levels        glucanase

None                   None          None        0.24
                       Optimum       None        0.23
                       None          Optimum     0.24
                       Optimum       Optimum     0.26
Low                    None          None        0.26
                       Optimum       None        0.24
                       None          Optimum     0.25
                       Optimum       Optimum     0.25
Superdose              None          None        0.26
                       Optimum       None        0.27
                       None          Optimum     0.24
                       Optimum       Optimum     0.26
SEM                                              0.004
Main effects
  None                                           0.24
  Low                                            0.25
  Superdose                                      0.26
                       None                      0.25
                       Optimum                   0.25
                                     None        0.25
                                     Optimum     0.25
Source of variation
  Phytase                                        0.41
  Xylanase                                       0.48
  [beta]-Glucanase                               0.89
  Phytase x xylanase                             0.52
  Phytase x                                      0.32
  Xylanase x                                     0.22
  Phytase x                                      0.99
    xylanase x

Values are means of 6 replicates (2 birds per cage).

BreakStr, Breaking strength; DM, dry matter; SEM, standard error
of means.

(a, b) Mean values with different superscripts within the columns are
different (p<0.05).
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Author:Qahtani, Mohammed Al-; Ahiwe, Emmanuel Uchenna; Abdallh, Medani Eldow; Chang'a, Edwin Peter; Gausi,
Publication:Animal Bioscience
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Date:Jun 1, 2021
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